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->''"Where's the rest of me?"''
-->-- '''[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Drake McHugh]]''', ''Film/KingsRow''

Essentially, limb loss as dramatic device. Can come about in a variety of ways:

#'''Self-amputation:''' The character deliberately removes the limb themselves, [[LifeOrLimbDecision under duress]] or otherwise.
#'''Accident:''' The loss is accidental, or occurs during battle.
#'''Deliberate:''' Another person/entity deliberately rips, cuts or otherwise separates the limb from the owner. It may happen in battle, but it's not a type 3 unless the amputation was deliberate.

May be the predecessor to ArtificialLimbs, ArmCannon, HookHand or SwissArmyAppendage. Frequently appears in the backstory of a HandicappedBadass. If played for laughs it's OnlyAFleshWound. Characters with AppendageAssimilation will simply stitch a new appendage on the gaping hole. If it's a severed hand, expect it to be be used in a DeadHandShot.

Interestingly enough, you almost never see a limb actually sewn ''back'' to the body of the victim, which is probably the most sensible thing you can do once deprived of it (provided that you're able to retrieve the lost limb in a reasonable amount of time and keep it in sanitary conditions). And while this is actually a well known, albeit rare occurrence in surgery with a decent ratio of success in terms of restoring partial or even full limb mobility (at least considering the complexity of the procedure; there is a ''lot'' of stuff that needs to be joined back together in your hand mind you, not to mention the constant [[RaceAgainstTheClock time pressure]]), [[RealityIsUnrealistic most people are unaware of it]] and would probably ridicule the very idea.

'''Note that this trope only applies when limb loss is deliberately used to advance the plot.''' It does not apply to pre-existing conditions or incidental carnage amongst background characters. If the incident leading to the loss is featured in a flashback by all means include it, but if we only see the character after it happens it doesn't count.

Compare {{Kneecapping}} and AgonyOfTheFeet. FakeArmDisarm is a bloodless version of this trope. If the injury specifically represents or comments upon some aspect of the character it counts as SymbolicMutilation.

Arranged by medium as usual, but please note what type it is at the beginning of the entry.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', [[spoiler:Nui Harime suffers the loss of both arms thanks to Ryuko.]] Par for the course, /a/ was quick to give [[http://archived.moe/a/thread/103654786/ the perfect response.]]
* In ''Manga/AoNoFuuin'', [[spoiler: Takao]] cuts off his own left leg when it gets crushed under a boulder.
* All over ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', often to show the large difference in power two characters fighting have.
** Hisoka allows one of his opponents two rip off both his arms so it would be easier for ''Hisoka'' to beat him. He later has them reattached by Machi from the Genei Ryodan.
** [[spoiler:Kite]] loses an arm when [[spoiler:Neferpitou]] attacks him after jumping at him from ''miles'' away.
** The Chimera ant King attempts to use a life or death game to unnerve his opponent and has it back fire and make him feel like he was the one lacking life and death resolve. To apologize for trying to use this tactic, he rips off his own arm to the horror of everyone.
** [[spoiler:Meruem]] easily cuts off one of [[spoiler: Netero's]] legs and arm, showing just how outmatched [[spoiler: Netero]] was.
** [[spoiler:Main character Gon]] loses an arm when [[spoiler:Neferpitou's Nen-animated corpse]] lunges at his back while he's distracted. Without missing a beat, [[spoiler:Gon pinned the corpse down using his ''own torn off arm''.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The series has had two types among multiple characters, the better to show off the universe's automail ArtificialLimbs. Edward Elric, the main character had his leg taken away from him by [[JerkassGods Truth]] as a "equivalent exchange" and then deliberately sacrificed his right arm to bring back his brother's soul (who lost his body for the same reason) so he got a type 1 and 3. Also one character hacks off her own (already all but severed) arm and attaches it to a stray dog to throw off Bradley's scent. Those are the two biggest characters we see it happen to, but several more have it as part of their back story.
** Wrath gets both of his arms blown off by Scar. He still manages to get in the last blow of the battle despite this.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], Scar lost both his arms after Kimblee causes an giant explosion.
* Thanks to the warriors' [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerative abilities]], this happens on a routine basis in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** Irene loses an arm to Priscilla, turning her into a HandicappedBadass when she survives the battle.
** Clare loses an arm to Ophelia, but Irene then cuts off her own remaining arm and gives it to Clare as a replacement.
** [[NighInvulnerability Deneve's]] most impressive limb-loss to date was when she ripped off her own zombie-infected arm and [[GrievousHarmWithABody chucked it at the enemy.]]
** Priscilla cut off her own arm after shoving it through Raki's shoulder, and it has now become a MacGuffin after falling into the hands of the Organization.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''.
** Touma Kamijou has his [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] right arm sliced off by Aureolus Izzard in an attempt to depower him. However, there is a dragon that lives inside his body that is normally sealed by Imagine Breaker, and it emerges from the stump to scare Aureolus half to death. After the battle, his arm is re-attached.
** Shizuri Mugino's left arm gets disintegrated when it gets caught in her own energy blast. This is part of the reason why she sought revenge against Shiage Hamazura for causing that and she creates an artificial arm out of her Meltdowner energy to use as a weapon. She eventually gets a cybernetic arm.
** In Touma's later battle against Fiamma of the Right, Imagine Breaker got cut off again, then Fiamma assimilated the arm in an attempt to gain the power of Imagine Breaker. The dragon emerges from the stump, but Touma recalled it and his arm grew back, which also made the power Fiamma stole from him return.
** Fiamma of the Right gets his right arm blown off by Creator/AleisterCrowley. It doesn't grow back and the loss partially destabilizes Fiamma's powers.
** Touma loses Imagine Breaker again in Baggage City, at Othinus's hands. However, Othinus easily defeats the dragon that emerges and would have killed Touma if Ollerus and Fiamma hadn't rescued him. After the battle, his arm grows back.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Touma has his Imagine Breaker arm disintegrated by Mikoto's out of control powers. The dragon emerges and seals Mikoto's powers before returning to Touma's body and his arm growing back.
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'': Lord Folken's arm was bitten off by a dragon as he failed the initiation ritual to become King.
* ''Manga/{{Blame}}'': Killy gets his arm ripped off whenever he fires his [[WaveMotionGun GBE]] at too high a setting. His HealingFactor allows him to reattach it every time, though.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yamamoto sacrifices his arm in battle to blow up Aizen. After Aizen is eventually defeated, Yamamoto never seeks help in having the arm replaced or restored, both of which are possible. When he and Yhwach meet in battle for the first time in a thousand years, Yhwach tells him that he's become weak and is no longer the formidable opponent Yhwach remembers. To Yhwach, Yamamoto's missing arm represents the loss of Yamamoto's ruthless, thuggish nature which is what made him so dangerous in the past. [[spoiler:Yamamoto's refusal to ask Orhime to restore his lost arm is what Yhwach cites as the reason why he so easily defeats Yamamoto and steals his Bankai. The defeat of Yamamoto sets off a chain of events that changes the entire direction of the Gotei 13, and opens the Royal Realm to being conquered.]]
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', this happens a LOT. Massive pain is the only thing that disrupts the concentration of Diclonii strongly enough to keep them from using their telekinetic powers and ripping off limbs is the only way to subdue them without immediately killing them. In the case of Lucy, she also enjoys the torture. Heads and internal organs also occasionally go flying.
** There is the famous scene where Nana lose all of her four limbs to Lucy.
** Mariko's right arm is blown up by [[spoiler:mother-figure Saito, who she just ripped in half.]]
** Bando's right arm is ripped off by Lucy. But that's not as bad as his [[EyeScream eyes]].
** [[spoiler:Due to self-defense, the DNA personality of Lucy has ripped an arm of Kurama off.]]
** [[spoiler:Lucy's arm melts down first before the rest of her body does.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
** Negi gets an arm cut off while fighting Kagetarou and gets it re-attached later.
** Later on, a flashback reveals that Jack Rakan, got ''both'' his arms cut off when Ala Rubra fought the Lifemaker. Even later, [[spoiler:both his legs and arms are erased from existence by Fate's RealityWarper powers. He uses his artifact to summon Armor legs and arms and [[{{Determinator}} keeps fighting]] until he's wholly erased. When Rakan is BackFromTheDead, his limbs are back with him as well.]]
* In ''Negima'''s sequel series ''Manga/UQHolder'', Touta gets his arm lopped off by a bounty hunter in the first chapter. Fortunately, an EmergencyTransformation allows him to regenerate it. Then he gets it bitten off ''again'' by a giant carnivorous creature... and can't regenerate it because it technically still exists, just being very slowly digested. He has to hunt down and kill the monster to get it back.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', [[spoiler:Ginga Nakajima]] loses her left hand during her battle against the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers Cyborgs]]. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Jail Scaglietti]] replaced it with an arm that could extend and [[ThisIsADrill spin as a drill]] after he captures her]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** One of the Angels almost kills Shinji after severing an arm of Eva-01. Since the Evas are controlled through neural interfaces, he feels all the pain as it was his own arm. Then [[spoiler:the soul of the robot awakens and takes control]] and Eva-01 rips an arm off the Angel and uses it to [[AppendageAssimilation replace its own]].
** [[spoiler:Asuka]]'s arm got sliced in half when [[spoiler:she was being slaughtered by the MP-Evas.]]
** [[spoiler:Touji]] lost an arm and a leg after the fight against Bardiel.
** Rei rips Gendou's arm off when he tries to get her to cause Instrumentality.
* In ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' ''The Second Renaissance Part II'', during a battle sequence, a gigantic battle robot rips open a mecha to get at the human inside. Metal tentacles snake in and coil around his limbs, and then rip him away from them as he screams.
* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' loses part of his left arm to the demons during the Eclipse [[spoiler:when a demon with a set of impressive choppers clamps down on it, and he has to chisel it off with what's left of his weapon to free himself so he can save Casca from being raped by Griffith as Femto. He fails in this endeavor due to being dogpiled by monsters and getting his eye clawed out soon after freeing himself, though that doesn't make the moment any less badass]].
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
** Several of the girls suffered Type 3s before being cyborgized as Type 1s, and occasionally get Type 2s in the course of their missions.
** Happens literally when the Turin nuclear plant is seized by terrorists. When Triela slips out of a duct, she gets an arm and a leg blown off by Barrett .50 anti-tank rifles.
* In ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'', Ichise gets [[EyeScream poked in the eye]] in the first episode by a women who hired him for sexual services, causing him to defend himself using his fists. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler: that woman belongs to a major criminal organisation]], which retaliates by cutting off his right arm and his left leg. He later gets some ArtificialLimbs.
* Squalo from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' cuts off his left hand to better understand the techniques of the previous sword emperor.
* The work of Creator/ShirowMasamune has several examples, usually to show just how badass his cyborg heroines are.
** Major Motoko Kusanagi from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is the ''Queen'' of this trope:
*** Type 1: In [[Anime/GhostInTheShell the first movie]] Motoko ''[[RuleOfCool rips her own arms off]]'' trying to pry open a tank.
*** In ''[[Manga/GhostInTheShell Man Machine Complex]]'' a different Motoko (Motoko Aramaki, Motoko Kusanagi's "daughter" made from cloned tissue, cybernetics and borrowed memories) ejects an arm after it becomes infected by a computer virus.
*** Type 2: Motoko gets an an arm blown off during a kidnapping attempt in the original manga. Being a full-body replacement cyborg it doesn't slow her down much, nor is it permanent. She gets half of her head blown off in ''Ghost in the Shell 1.5'' to much the same effect.
*** In the first season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' she loses her left arm fighting an AxeCrazy mook in an armored suit, making her so angry she hammers it repeatedly with point blank shots from an antitank rifle (cocking and firing it one handed) until the operator begs for mercy. After all the times she's lost a limb, she gets to rage a bit.
*** Later in ''Stand Alone Complex'' Togusa pulls an arm off a VillainOfTheWeek with a judo throw. [[FakeArmDisarm It turns out to be a ploy]] because the arm is rigged with a bomb to cover her escape.
** A type 2 in ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''; gynoid Anna Puma gets her arm burned off at the shoulder by the tank police and then objects to Leona characterizing her as a "mechanical love doll" based on the mechanical wreckage that's left.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' [[spoiler: the titular character loses his arm in the fight with Tommyrod. It took him over half a year (in-story) to regrow it, via some potentially lethal and very agonizing treatment]].
** Taken even further in his fight with [[spoiler:Starjun]], in which he ''actually'' lost a leg and an arm (among numerous other injuries). Luckily for him, this time he was patched up much quicker.
** He lost arm yet again, when [[spoiler:Monkey King Bambina [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength tried to dance with him and accidentally tore his arm off]].]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' TV anime by Gonzo, Anderson got both of his arms blown off by Alucard. In the manga, only one of his arm was blown off.
** And in the manga and OVA, Zorin Blitz chops Seras' left arm off (Type 3). While most of Seras' injuries heal, she can't regenerate her arm, although it's replaced by something even better a mass of blood-shadow that she can use as a weapon. It is not like she couldn't, more like she doesn't. In the Epilogue, shes shown with both arms normal (while still using her powers through said arm).
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': When Inu-Yasha fought his AloofBigBrother brother for possession of their father's most powerful sword, he proved he had the better claim by cutting Sesshoumaru's arm off with it. Sesshoumaru's arm then becomes the ChekhovsGun for some CharacterDevelopment that doesn't come to fruition until 50+ volumes later.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZTheHistoryOfTrunks'', [[FutureBadass Future Gohan]] loses his left arm fighting the Androids.
** Tenshinhan loses his left arm below the shoulder courtesy of Nappa. He gets it back when he dies and goes to Other World, and keeps it after being wished back to life.
** Piccolo loses his arm three times in the series. Fortunately, he's a Namekian and can regrow it. His fellow Namekian Nail also loses an arm while fighting Frieza and regrows it.
** Cell's arm is disintegrated by Vegeta's Final Flash. Thanks to his Namekian genes, he can regrow it with little effort.
** Though an unusual limb, Goku, Gohan and Vegeta losing their tails counts, as without them they can't transform into Oozaru at the full moon.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this by the buckets.
** The most prominent example is Shanks losing his arm after saving a drowning Luffy from a sea creature.
** There's also Zeff, although there are two different versions of this. In the anime, he rescues the young Sanji from drowning by cutting off his own foot, which had become entangled in pieces of the wrecked ships. In the manga, with the two now being ship-wrecked on a small island, he supposedly splits their remaining rations in half. However, it is later revealed he gave everything to Sanji, and instead ate his own leg to survive.
** [[spoiler: Trafalgar Law has his arm cleanly sliced off by ArcVillain Doflamingo during the final battle of the Dressrosa Arc.]]
** On that same note, Doflamingo seems fond of doing this, having sliced the ''giant'' Little Oars Jr.'s leg clean off during the Battle of Marineford. He's also attempted to [[OffWithHisHead decapitate]] at least 3 people.
** [[spoiler: Kyros, the legendary gladiator of the Dressrosa coliseum, lopped off his own leg when caught in leg braces and leaped at Doflamingo in an attempt to kill him. Unfortunately, he was stopped before he could reach him]].
** Used at least twice for comedic value courtesy of Zoro, who suggests cutting off the offending limb whenever he gets caught in handcuffs or ankle braces, to the horror of his crewmates.
* ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart'': Mamoru's preferred method of disabling bad guys. Notable victims include [[spoiler:Edge Turus]], ''twice'', and a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'': A type 2 rakes place when MamaBear Makiko Nagi sacrifices her right arm to save her son Souichiro, leaving her armless since [[spoiler: her ex-husband Soukaku]] had already cut off her left arm (and [[EyeScream removed her left eye]]) in the backstory.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Conrad loses an arm protecting Yuuri, and [[NeverFoundTheBody it's all their allies find of either of them]] when they arrive on the scene. At turns out, [[spoiler:the arm is the key to unlocking one of four parts of SealedEvilInACan.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a few examples:
** Besides numerous [[LifeOrLimbDecision self-inflicted ones]] Zaku got his right hand blown off and both arms severely damaged by using the air cannon in his arm while it was jammed with bugs (only in the manga; it was less severe in the anime), Deidara had one arm ripped off by Gaara's sand then the other PortalCut off by Kamui (both were later replaced/repaired by Kakuzu), Jiraiya got his arm ''punched off'' by [[spoiler:Asura Pain]], and [[spoiler:Tobi]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext has lost at least three arms.]]
** The Fourth Raikage is a clear Type 3; he sacrifices his arm and is about to sacrifice his leg to finish off Sasuke.
** [[spoiler:Naruto and Sasuke are a Type 2; they both lose an arm in the series' FinalBattle.]]
* Type 3 in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': The [[AncientConspiracy Book Men]] chop the hands off anyone they find [[spoiler:RewritingReality. After Drosselmeyer just ''kept on going'' without his hands, one wonders why they didn't switch to heads...]]
* Kurogane from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' pulls a Type 1 [[spoiler: [[LifeOrLimbDecision to save Fai's life.]]]]
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'': [[spoiler: Guy loses his left arm when attacked by an enraged Iason. Then Iason loses his legs near the end in a fatal situation prompting the tragic ending.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', Ladd Russo finds his left forearm stripped to the bone after [[spoiler:a nasty run-in with the Rail Tracer]].
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', Shu lost his right arm [[spoiler: and by extension his Power of Kings]] to [[spoiler: Gai]] after he led the breakout from Ward 34.
* Type 1 (subverted) and 3 in the ''Manga/DGrayMan'' anime, when Kanda deliberately receives a blow that nearly severs his arm at the shoulder in order to defeat the Millenium Swordsman by hacking off ''his'' sword arm ("He wouldn't give up his sword.").
* There's a type 1 at the climax of ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' [[spoiler: when BigBad Alphard shoots her own arm off at the elbow rather than surrender to the titular heroine.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin once chopped the arm off of a random {{Mook}} he was fighting, and since he's already taking his vow of non-killing by them, let the man live. Said man considered being spared CruelMercy and came back to make Kenshin's life miserable by attaching a [[GatlingGood gattling gun]] (which could also launch explosive rounds) to the stump of said arm.
* ''Manga/{{Embalming}}'': Since the story is about making Frankenstein monsters, lost limbs are a recurring hazard.
* Happens more than once in ''Manga/BlackJack''. For example, in an early story from the 2004 anime, a promising sushi chef named Taku loses both of his hands in a Type 2, when he's run over by a truck driver named Akira; for massive irony, Akira then crashes his truck ''and'' almost loses his hands too, so Black Jack implants Taku's hands in the place of his own. Akira becomes TheAtoner as he begins working for [[SternTeacher Taku]] to [[WorkOffTheDebt try paying off the damage done to him]]. [[spoiler: By the end, Akira dies and, before kicking it, he asks Black Jack to ''re-implant the hands back in Taku's stumps'' so his friend will be able to keep cooking and fulfill his dreams. And yup, Black Jack manages to do it: Taku's hands somehow work perfectly after this, and he's last seen cooking for his mother and Akira's widow, mentally thanking Akira for this second chance.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has two Type 3 incidents:
** [[spoiler: Capricorn Shura]] finds himself at the receiving end, courtesy of [[spoiler: Shiryu. Who then grabs him and attempts a TakingYouWithMe. Shura, who has had a HeelRealization, thwarts this and saves Shiryu, [[HeroicSacrifice and then dies.]].]]
** Earlier, one of the Silver Saints gets both hands cut off [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own flying disks]] as he fights Ikki.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': A Type 1 example with Jack having his body split into five parts (arms, legs, and head) in order to seal away Glen Baskerville's soul. [[spoiler:Retrace LXV reveals that it was Oswald/Glen's body that was dismembered and that it may have been a Type 3 example after all...]]
** Retrace LXXVIII has a Type 1 example: [[spoiler:Gil severs his left arm in order to free himself from Oswald/Glen's control and save Oz from execution.]]
** Xerxes Break cuts off Leo's left hand while fighting
** Will of the Abyss pulls out Kevin's left eye to give it to Cheshire.
* A frequent occurrence in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', with both humans and Titans losing limbs all over the place. The Titans simply regrow them, while their human victims are [[EatenAlive less fortunate]]. On the other hand, the [[spoiler: Titan Shifters]] are shown to be able to regenerate [[spoiler: in human form.]]
** Eren suffers a Type 2 during the Battle of Trost, losing first a leg and then an arm in the process. They've grown back by the time he emerges from his Titan form.
** [[spoiler: Ymir]] ends up suffering a Type 2, and nearly dies as a result. Due to her massive injuries, she's still regrowing them 5 - 6 hours later.
** [[spoiler: Erwin]] also ends up suffering a Type 2 when a Titan drags him off his horse by one arm, causing him to lose it as a result.
** [[spoiler: Reiner]] suffers a Type 3, when Mikasa cuts off one arm and bisects the remaining one nearly to the elbow. Unlike [[spoiler: Ymir]], he's fully healed 5 hours later.
* ''Manga/LivingDead'' plays this to comedic effect as Monako can easily take herself apart. She even plays [[http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/5749/9hh1.png Twister]] with this ability.
* During the Choujin Olympics in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', Kinkotsuman tries to shoot the title character. He's distracted by Terryman, and his gun goes off, hitting Terryman in the leg. In an aversion of OnlyAFleshWound, Terryman later has to have the leg removed. ({{Bowdlerized}} in the anime, where Terryman still gets shot but doesn't lose his leg.)
* Near the end of the ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'' anime, [[spoiler:Insane Black Rock Shooter]] casually tears her own arm off after it's implied to have been rendered useless by a slash wound to the upper arm. Since this bleeds a lot more than the original wound, it seems to be more for the squick factor rather than something actually practical.
* In ''Manga/CandyCandy'', [[spoiler: Susanna Marlowe]] goes through a type 2 after she loses her leg when she performs a DivingSave by saving [[spoiler: Terry]] from a falling stage lamp. The accident [[TragicDream ruined her acting career]] [[BreakTheCutie and totally broke her mind.]]
** A Type 2 also happened to a former war nurse Candy befriends while in Mary Jane's Nursing School. The nurse shows Candy her orthopedic leg and explains that she lost her actual one while [[TakingTheBullet trying to shield one of her patients from falling debris]].
* Being a fighting series set in Edo period Japan, ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' is full of people who gets mutilated in battle losing to a more skilled opponent. Usually, they're unlikely to survive to their wounds, either bleeding out or because they're finished off a moment later.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', Edelhi Bootsvorz loses his left arm (and his [[EyeScream left eye]]) in a accident during a test drive while competing with Osamu. After the accident, he gets ArtificialLimbs of his arm and a mechanical eye and more natural-looking ones later in the series.
** Also happens to John Cleeve, a former racer. Maria told Hayato that he lost his leg in a accident while returning home from a test drive, and the accident ended his racing career.
* A type 2 occurs in ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'' when [[spoiler:Ver's Nephilim bit off Hibiki's left arm when she attempted to punch it]].
* The end of the ''Roberta's Blood Trail'' OVA for the ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' anime leads to [[spoiler:Roberta's 'reckoning' for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge her actions during the arc]]; she gets into a fight with an American special forces unit]] and loses her left arm from the shoulder down, her right leg from the knee down, her right eye and two fingers on her right arm and is left wheelchair-bound. This was a notable departure from the original manga, which was much kinder to the character in question.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', [[spoiler: Francoise/Cyborg 003]] goes through a Type 1 after losing [[spoiler: her]] right arm (along with [[spoiler: her [[EyeScream eyes]] ]]) during the "Conclusion: God's War" arc of the manga. Later [[spoiler: she gets a robotic limb, one with a bullet-firing hand similar to Albert's.]]
** Jet/Cyborg 002's legs tend to blow up on him quite often, and he got his arm torn off in the '79 series. [[spoiler: And in "Conclusion: God's War", he loses both his legs (along with [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe a good deal of his lower half]]) not once, but TWICE within the arc. The novel version amps things up by also having him lose both of his arms by the end.]]
* In the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' movie, [[spoiler: Yuuto Kigai]] goes through a Type 3 when [[spoiler: Fuuma ''blows his right arm off'' with his powers.]]
* In one of the Manga/DetectiveConan {{non serial movie}}s, Conan and Co. ''find a human arm on a table'' during a cruise, which kicks off the plot. [[spoiler: The arm belongs to Liutenant Yousuke Sasaura, a missing member of the JSDF (Japanese Self-Defense Forces), whose one-armed and drowned corpse is found few later..]]
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'':
** [[spoiler:Sonoko]] lost both the use of her legs and one of her arms. When she appears, she's bedbound and covered in bandages. [[spoiler:She gets better in the finale.]]
** [[spoiler:Karin]] loses the use of an arm, the use of a leg, her hearing, and her vision after going Mankai several times in a row. [[spoiler:She recovers when Mankai related injuries are fixed in the finale]].
* Akira got his left arm bitten off when putting the [[FromASingleCell near-unkillable]] enemy leader into the gigantic baby's mouth in {{Manga/Green Worldz}}, knowing full well of the risk. This [[spoiler:did not happen to him in the original timeline]].
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'':
** [[spoiler: Prince Temudan]] is an IllBoy whose illness causes him to lose his limbs, which are replaced with prosthetics.
** Much later in the story, [[spoiler: Temudan himself orders for his treacherous brother Tegiru's CruelAndUnusualDeath, which consists of Tegiru having one arm, one leg ''and'' [[EyeScream one eye]] cut off before being [[OffWithHisHead beheaded]].]]
* Happens multiple times in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Near the end of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', [[BigBad Kars]] chops off Joseph Joestar's left arm after emerging from a volcano. [[spoiler:This ultimately proves to be a mistake.]]
** An odd reversal of this trope occurs in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'', where main villain Yoshikage Kira enjoys killing women by destroying all of their body ''except'' their arms. The guy's got a hand {{Fetish}}.
** A self-inflicted one occurs in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' by Leone Abbachio, in order to keep a key from falling into enemy hands. It's reattached soon after.

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* In ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen Vol. 2'', ComicBook/EmmaFrost loses an arm against Mr. Sinister. Being in diamond form, she doesn't die from blood loss or anything, and she gets better.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'''s warrior troll king Guttlekraw likes to punish disobedient elf slaves "one finger, then one limb at a time." Case in point: Ekuar, who lost half a leg, one arm, and one finger of the remaining hand that way. He was the luckiest.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s hand was eaten off by piranhas. Or, depending on the continuity, he sliced it off himself to get loose from a shackle and save his baby son.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' has Hacken who has his compatriots cut off his hand after he's bitten by a zombie penguin. They later reveal that he was never in danger.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' has Peter's old high school rival-turned-buddy Flash Thompson lose both his legs in Iraq.
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' has Type 3. The Governor takes Rick's arm as punishment for refusing to fight in his gladiatorial arena
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler:the speedster, Pronto,]] suffers this when he loses both legs in the first chapter.
* In ''ComicBook/TheCrow'', Eric slices off ''both'' of a mobster's legs, leaving him to die from blood loss.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMiceTemplar'', Leito has his arm chopped off by Captain Tosk. Later, [[spoiler:Leito gets his revenge on Tosk by slicing off ''both'' his arms]].
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Dismemberment happens all the time, the limbs themselves can usually be replaced. The situations all have some significance: Cyclonus severs Rung's arm is PlayedForLaughs, Drift cutting off [[spoiler:Pharma's]] hands leads to the latter's DisneyVillainDeath, and Ratchet later takes them up. Black Shadow rips off Hyperion's arm while simultaneously blasting away another Wrecker to show how powerful he is and [[MarkOfShame Empurata]] cuts of the victims hands and head and replaces them with claws and a CyberCyclops head.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries Spotlight: Wheelie]]'': the title character loses his arm to a Chaosterous, for a time, before retrieving it. Reattaching it without proper medical help proves difficult, and the arm remains functionally dead, and makes transforming incredibly difficult, not least because whenever Wheelie transforms said arm just dangles from his undercarriage.
* In the Marvel Universe, John Walker, the former US Agent, loses an arm and a leg to Nuke and his energy axe. While he knows Tony Stark and could easily get a replacement, he refuses on the grounds that he doesn't want to become like the cyborg who did this to him. Mind you, it's shown that [[HandicappedBadass he can kick more than enough ass on his own]]. He later gets new biologically-created limbs to replace the ones he lost.
* This Trope was integral to the backstory of Marvel villain, Master Pandemonium. Originally a spoiled rich actor named Martin Preston, a car crash one night after drinking heavily severed one of his arms. Dying and yelling for help, the demon Mephisto appeared and [[DealWithTheDevil offered him a deal, which he accepted.]] Mephisto summoned four demons; one of them wrenched its own arm off, and used it to [[AppendageAssimilation replace the lost limb]], while the other three repeated the trick with Preston's good limbs. Since then, as Master Pandemonium, the four demons are his servants while in Mephisto's employ, and he can detach any (or all) of his limbs, which causes them to turn into the demons who donated them. He is most often a foe of ComicBook/GhostRider.
* In ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Risk of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' had his right arm ripped off by Superboy-Prime. Later, during the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'', Risk attempted to take revenge against (now) Superman-Prime, only to have his left arm ripped off as well.
** Not incidentally, both of these events were written by Creator/GeoffJohns, who has a fondness for this trope.
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', Nico Minoru loses an arm. The subsequent blood loss ends up giving her a power boost, though.
* In the ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' "Age of Obsidian" arc, ComicBook/TheFlash has both his legs torn off by Tezumak. His legs are later restored by magic.
* James Wa of ComicBook/TheOrder lost both of his legs to a drunk driver, ending his baseball career. However, he went on to create a brand of high-tech prosthetic legs and made a fortune.
* Hellion of the ComicBook/XMen lost both his hands, and Karma lost one of her legs, to the Purifiers. They were later fitted with prosthetics.
* Being a particularly violent series, ''ComicBook/XStatix'' (and its predecessor ''ComicBook/XForce'') has featured this trope a few times:
** The Coach of the original team had a large left arm as part of his mutant powers. He lost it sometime after Edie Sawyer joined the team.
** Ocean of O-Force loses both her legs to the zombies summoned by Arnie Lundbeg. After he realized what a little shit he'd been, he used his powers to restore her legs.
** El Guapo loses both of his legs on a mission.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice''; Roy Harper gets his arm chopped off by Prometheus. This, combined with his daughter's death, drives him over the DespairEventHorizon and he becomes a more brutal AntiHero.
* In issue 1 of ''Wolverines'', [[spoiler: Daken]] has one of his arms ripped off by Sinister, who takes it along with Wolverine's corpse for research purposes. [[spoiler: Ordinarily this wouldn't be an issue for him, but in the last issue of ''The Logan Legacy'', his HealingFactor had been stripped from him by Siphon, leaving him in danger of bleeding out.]]
* In ''ComicBook/LegendsDC'', the villain Sunspot uses his power blast to get out of the ankle cuff that Guy Gardner holds him upside-down by, but in the process he accidentally blasts off his right foot. Guy tends to Sunspot's injury, but threatens to cut off the villain's left hand if he uses his power blast again.
* One of ComicBook/{{Madman}}'s earlier adventures involves him rescuing an alien who landed among a Lamanite tribe two thousand years earlier. The Lamanites thought he communicated with the gods, and thus cut off his legs and one of his arms to prevent him from leaving.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Logan has the misfortune of repeatedly losing limbs. After being wounded during the Fargo rescue, he got an ArtificialLimb in place of his left arm before switching it for a specially regrown one. Then he lost ''that'' one to Mortis' rotting touch.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', an early villain, Muller, falls to his apparent death in a crocodile infested moat. After losing both arms in fighting them off, he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], obtains clawed arms, and becomes the series' bigger bad.
* In ''ComicBook/DeepGravity'', Warner, a shuttle pilot, is attacked by a venomous native lifeform on Poseidon's surface, and the doctors have to amputate his legs. (It's not a case of AmputationStopsSpread, though they stop the spread by other means, but the toxin has already done its damage.) However, Warner points out that he doesn't need legs to fly his shuttle, and ends up [[spoiler:rescuing the rest of the surviving cast that way]].
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': During the final battle with Haazheel Thorn, he rips off Hellaynnea's arms when she tries to stop him from killing Wismerhill.

[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/armlessmaiden/index.html The Girl Without Hands]]'', the father cuts off her hands at the Devil's instigation.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/armlessmaiden/stories/biancabella.html Biancabella and the Snake]]'', her hands are cut off and her eyes put out so they can be taken back as evidence that she was in fact murdered.
* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'', the girl's brother cuts her hand off in the process of cutting down her pumpkin vine.
* In ''Literature/TsarevichPetrAndTheWizard'', one ferryman demands that you let him cut off your right hand; the next, your left foot.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TavisBloodAndFire'': Nihlus survives his encounter with Saren but loses a hand to an attack on the Spectre compound.
* The main character, Char loses an arm in the Temporal Tower arc of ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonSilverResistance''.
* In ''FanFic/WinterWar'', Isane manages to wound the Barragan Fragment... but it turns out [[BloodyMurder its blood]] has the same "age things to death" power as the whole thing, and some of that blood splattered on her hand and lower arm, necessitating an amputation to save her life. In the {{Backstory}} of the same fic, Kensei lost most of his leg under similar circumstances- he was hit by one of Barragan's attacks, and Rose saved his life with an emergency amputation.
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fic 'Blood Is Thicker than Friendship', [[spoiler: Applejack gets one of her hindlegs torn off defending Ponyville from a hydra.]]
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': During the fight in Midnight's lair at the end of the Jump City arc, she rips off one of Cyborg's arms and smashes it. Of course, since it's a robotic limb, he just rebuilds it by the arc epilogue.
* [[spoiler: Captain Perrett]] has his leg cut off in the final battle of ''[[TheUrthbloodSaga The Crimson Badger]]'' but still manages to [[DyingMomentOfAwesome kill two Long Patrol hares]] before he dies. [[spoiler: Captain Bandon]] also loses his left leg but survives. [[spoiler: Urthblood himself]] loses his swordpaw in the duel with [[spoiler: his brother.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic 'Equestria: Total War', Pinkie has a hind leg torn off by a manticore. Being driven temporarily insane by the [[WarIsHell horrors of war]], she then stabs the manticore [[EyeScream in the eye]] with the shattered remains of her leg.
* In "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda The Legend of Zelda]]'' fanfic ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'', [[spoiler: Veran launches a major attack on Termina, and in the process, sets fire to Romani Ranch. According to Romani, Cremia's arm was so badly burnt in the fire that it has to be cut off, therefore making her unable to work on the ranch anymore.]]
* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'' has several ghosts who bear the wounds of their deaths; Keskay Sigsia's arm is missing as it was eaten before she died, while Ukuthe Lorain died of blood loss when her arm was torn off and now has it floating beside her shoulder stump.
* In ''[[Fanfic/AMidsummerNightsDreamKillbles A Midsummer Night's Dream]]'' chapter 8, we learn [[spoiler:Spitfire lost a leg and wing crashing her zeppelin into Rasputin.]]
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', [[FirstPersonSmartass Jeri]][[SociopathicHero cho]] himself suffers all three types of this trope all on the same day, the day wherein he looses his horn and [[EyeScream left eye]], then has to cut out parts of his eye because parts of it didn't fall out with the majority of the eye and so he has to prevent an infection. Then, on the same day, a half-crab, half-octopus creature in a swamp hacks off a hoof (most of it, at least) and destroys another; this ends up giving Jericho's right foreleg/arm blood poisoning.. And then, within days, his right foreleg dies of said blood poisoning, and so he has to cut it off. Using only his mouth, a sword, and a bonfire. This prompts C, the [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror Skinwalker]], to [[AppendageAssimilation cut off his own regenerating arm and give it to Jericho]]]]. Jericho's hunt for magic capable of restoring his foreleg/arm, eye, and horn drive the plot of Act 2.
** A few chapters later, to prevent Cherry Berry from [[spoiler:[[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale raping him]]]], he chews off his chained right forehoof. Twice. Because the skinwalker's limb regenerates, and is semi-sentient, and actually took mild offense to Jericho's first attempt at chewing part of it off. Soon thereafter, someone takes a knife, pins Jericho down, and cuts a three-inch-in-radius hole cut out from around (and including) Jericho's nipple, forcing him to cauterize the bleeding wound by boiling it closed with scalding-hot steam, before forcing himself to eat the wad of nipple-flesh in order to prevent it being taken and used for dark magic against him. [[FirstPersonSmartass Jeri]][[SociopathicHero cho]] has not being having a very fun time, is what we're trying to say here.
** WordOfGod says that the writing and editing team are very fond of this trope when concerning the narrator ([[FirstPersonSmartass Jeri]][[SociopathicHero cho]]) himself. Their team motto is even [[spoiler:"Fuck Jericho"]]. WordOfGod also states that the author is a sociopath who simply enjoys making beloved characters suffer.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/PhantomSkinFeelingTheColdAir'' [[spoiler: Ikki loses her right arm as a result of injuries sustained after saving her sister, Jinora, during Kuvira's attack on Republic City. It is revealed in a later chapter the full extent of why Ikki lost her arm in the first place - she was defending an unconscious Jinora from Earth Empire soldiers, and the unstable rubble surrounding them collapsed. Ikki ran to push Jinora out of the way, resulting in her right arm getting crushed beyond repair.]]
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10255230/11/Canid The Marvel Cinematic Universe fic Canid]] has Fenrir, Loki's cursed wolf son, biting off the hand of his guard Tyr as a major turning point for the story.
* ''Fanfic/CyclesUponCycles'': [[Franchise/MassEffect Saren]] gets his arm bitten off by a Zergling while invading a [[Franchise/StarCraft Zerg]] colony.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', [[spoiler:Trixie gets her right front leg sliced off by [[BigBad Masquerade's]] {{BFS}} during the final battle. Due to being an [[RoboticReveal android]], Trixie isn't as badly effected as a normal pony (in part because she doesn't have blood to bleed out), but still has to force herself to remember that fact and that her creator, Dr. Bright Future, can just make her a replacement later to avoid completely freaking out.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''[[FanFic/BloomingMoonChronicles Thorn of the Rose]]'', Thorn Blackfeather gets one of his forelegs caught in a massive gear, requiring it to be amputated.
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': The author has a certain style. Whenever someone gets directly hit, it will usually either be KilledOffForReal or this.
** Kaze [[spoiler: loses an arm in attempt to assassinate Garon during his own execution.]]
** Selena lops off the arm of a Hoshidan soldier [[spoiler: during Corrin's escape from Hoshido.]]
** [[spoiler: Hans has his arm nearly severed in a fight with some Nohrian soldiers, and has to have it amputated.]]
** [[spoiler: Corrin]] gets her ear chopped off during a major battle.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' the first indication we get of the demonic power of Prince Ashitaka's curse is when one of his arrows rips both arms off of a samurai.
** Later in the film, [[spoiler: Lady Eboshi]] loses an arm to a rather vicious and symbolic animal bite.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has no blood, but Gobber has a pegleg and missing arm that he can change for different things like a hammer, a tankard, a fork, etc. Toothless the dragon counts after losing a tail rudder fin, and [[spoiler:Hiccup loses a foot in the final battle.]]
* Happens to Buzz Lightyear in the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' film while attempting to jump out of a window leading to outside [[KidsAreCruel Sid Phillips']] house. The [[DarkIsNotEvil mutant toys]] eventually put his arm back on, however.
** In the second movie, Woody's arm gets ripped.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', King Fergus lost his leg battling the demon bear Mor'du. He replaced it with a club-shaped lump of wood.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeFrame'', Grenman is missing both of his legs. Supposedly, they were stolen cut off by a pair of alien foot fetishists.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Averted in Film/TropicThunder by the character POSING as a double amputee who actually still has both hands.
* Pictured above: Lieutenant Dan in ''Film/ForrestGump'', who lost his legs in Vietnam.
* Comes as a surprise towards the end of classic silent UsefulNotes/WorldWarI drama ''Film/TheBigParade''.
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 loses his left arm when combating the T-1000 in the foundry.
* Played for laughs with ''four'' Type 3 amputations in quick succession on the [[EnsembleDarkhorse Black Knight]] from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', the TropeNamer for OnlyAFleshWound.
* The titular character from ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' gets both arms chopped off.
* In ''{{Film/Tusk}}'', Wallace has both of his legs amputated as part of the process to transform him into a walrus. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* The famous defibrillator scene in John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'', in which a character has his arms bitten off by the titular Thing. Oddly enough, the bitten character is never seen again, so he presumably died of blood loss while the rest of the men were distracted dealing with the monster.
** Suffers from a bit of SpecialEffectsFailure in that the arms separate well above the bite, but it's so startling and horrifying that it's easy to overlook.
* Creator/MichaelIronside's characters frequently lose (and damage) limbs in the movies he's done, including:
** In the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', [[spoiler:getting both his arms ripped off before falling to his death.]]
** In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', his character [[ScarsAreForever lost much of his left arm]], presumably in an earlier war with the Klendathu Arachnids, but he gets an [[ArtificialLimb artificial hand]] fitted on it later in the film. [[spoiler:He subsequently loses both his legs in his death scene, after which he pleads Rico to give him a MercyKill.]] Doubly referenced by a Recruiting Sergeant who appears as a triple amputee for shock value to naive recruits, and the schoolmaster who has also lost an arm.
** In ''Film/TheMachinist'', he loses another arm in an industrial machine accident [[spoiler:which the main character subconsciously caused]].
** In ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' he gets his hand cut off in a sword fight [[spoiler:right before [=MacLeod=] chops off his head]].
* ''Film/KillBill Part 1'' took this to ridiculous extremes, with many members of the Crazy 88 and Sophie Fatale losing various limbs to the Bride.
-->'''The Bride''': "Leave your severed limbs. Those belong to me now."
** It's also how The Bride exacts both revenge on and information from Sofie Fatale. Cutting off Sofie's arm at the start of the Crazy 88 fight shows O-Ren Ishii that The Bride means business.
* One of the bumbling cops from ''{{Film/Versus}}'' loses his hand early in the film. It's a BlackComedy RunningGag that he keeps forgetting it's missing and tries to touch things with his stump.
* In a deleted scene from ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', Mickey and Mallory cut off the legs of the Hun Brothers with chainsaws. Upon realizing who they were, Mickey and Mallory stopped and apologized. The Hun Brothers actually thanked them for it.
* In ''Film/EvilDead2'' film, Ash cuts off his own hand after it is infected with evil.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has a [[LudicrousGibs large number]] of Type 2 lost limbs, five of them belonging to [[VillainProtagonist someone named Anakin]]. There's a [[http://www.runleiarun.com/choppedoffhands/ website]] and a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dismemberment Wookieepedia article]] listing all of them, plot important or not.
** Anakin Skywalker loses the most over the course of the series (right arm below the elbow by Dooku in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''; left arm and both legs above the knee by Obi-Wan in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''; artificial right hand by Luke in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'').
** The first arm to come off in the series was Ponda Baba's in the Mos Eisley Cantina in ''Film/ANewHope'', complete with [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness bloody stump]].
** Luke is probably the most famous example, even more so than his father, losing his hand in a type 2 to the guy in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** Tenel Ka of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse lost an arm in a training accident and refused to get a replacement.
* Mentioned by Kurtz in ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
-->''"I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms."''
* ''Film/MadMax''
** Cundalini's attempt to stop Jessie's fast moving car with a chain ended badly for him. Toecutter later claims retribution for Cundalini's missing hand as partial justification for attacking her, though they're really just doing it ForTheEvulz.
** Also implied at the end when Max handcuffs Johnny The Boy's ankle to a death-trapped car and leaves him a hacksaw with the admonition that while it would take at least 15 minutes to cut through the chain, he could probably saw through his ankle in five.
** Toady's attempt to catch the razor boomerang in ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'' [[{{Fingore}} ended badly for him as well.]]
** The female protagonist of ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', Furiosa, has a mechanical arm. [[spoiler: In the climax of the FinalBattle, she sacrifices her mechanical arm to kill [[BigBad Immortan Joe]] before escaping on his car.]]
* ''Film/TheMachineGirl'': Yakuza cut off schoolgirl's arm; she replaces it with a machine gun. [[SarcasmMode Hilarity Ensues]].
* ''Film/BoxingHelena'': Mad Doctor cuts off a woman's legs so she can't run away, then cuts off her arms so she can't fight back. [[StockholmSyndrome It's a love story.]]
* In the 1942 film ''Film/KingsRow'', Drake [=McHugh=] (probably UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's most famous role) has both of his legs amputated needlessly by a sadistic doctor after an accident. When he wakes from anesthesia, he says the famous line: "Where's the rest of me?"
* Daniel Jackson lost his leg to frostbite in ''Film/StargateContinuum''.
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': vampire Amilyn (Paul Reubens) is on top of Pike's speeding van, reaching in through a hole punched in the roof -- until a low branch sweeps him off and severs his arm. He is not pleased.
-->'''Amilyn:''' You ruined my ''jacket! (to minions)'' Kill him a ''lot!''
* Quorra loses her left arm in ''Film/TronLegacy''. It's grown back later.
* According to the film adaptation of ''Film/InspectorGadget'', [[BigBad Doctor Claw]] actually got both his name and trademark claw after one of his hands was chopped off by a bowling ball.
* [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]] gets his right arm sliced off by Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
** Starscream gets his arm cut off by Optimus in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', and Optimus then proceeds to [[GrievousHarmWithABody hit him with his own severed arm]]. Since he's robot he manages to reattach it later, but only after Megatron hits him with it as well.
* In the 2010 film version of ''Film/TrueGrit'', [[spoiler:Mattie loses her left arm]] to a rattlesnake bite.
* In ''Film/RocknRolla'', this is implied to have happened to [[spoiler:The Russian]]. The phrase is spoken verbatim. [[spoiler:Archy]] may have said it in a light, even joking tone, but considering what we just watched him do in the previous scene...
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': Hamish's father, Campbell the Elder, loses his left hand at the Battle of Stirling, so he spends the rest of the movie [[EpicFlail using a flail]].
* ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'': Bo Derek's character has her leg bitten off by a killer whale. It proves to be the story's turning point.
* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series was built around this.
** Lawrence from the [[Film/SawI first film]] sawed through his chained leg and plays a large (mostly behind the scenes) part in the events of the sequels as a result.
** The prologue of ''Film/SawVI'' has two predatory lenders-one obese, the other skinny- in a trap in which the first to carve off a pound of flesh within 5 minutes will get to survive. Realizing that the fat man will likely win, the woman chops off her arm in a last ditch attempt to make the weight. [[spoiler:She wins.]]
* Leprechaun kills a cop in ''Film/LeprechaunBack2ThaHood'' by ripping off his leg. He then uses the said leg to reach the pedals of a police car as he gets back to chasing after the protagonists.
* Two Type 3s in ''Film/SantaSangre''. The first occurs before the actual events of the film, concerning a girl whose arms were cut off by her rapists and who is now worshiped as a saint in the titular church; ironically enough, the second happens to Concha, the leader of the Sante Sangre congregation, whose arms are hacked off in a similar fashion.
* ''Film/RustAndBone'' ''[[GratuitousFrench (De rouille et d'os)]]'': Stephanie losing both legs above the knee to a killer whale attack (in a sea park) isn't the only focus of the story, but it is the impetus for her relationship with Ali and their respective growth as characters.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', Gipsy Danger loses its left arm in the ActionPrologue against Knifehead. [[spoiler: After being rebuilt, it loses its right arm in the final battle.]]
* At one point in ''Film/TheFlyII'', the young protagonist goes to one of the few characters from the first film who appears to ask him for help. He gets refused, on the grounds that his compassion for the young man's father in the first film "cost me an arm and a leg!" [[spoiler: (They were dissolved by giant fly vomit.)]]
* In ''Film/TheUnknown'', Alonzo the Armless blackmails a surgeon into amputating his arms because he believes this will enable him to win the heart of the woman he loves.
* Occurs in ''Film/BloodDiamond'', depicting the TruthInTelevision actions of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_United_Front Revolutionary United Front]] during the civil war in UsefulNotes/SierraLeone. The election slogan at the time was "the future is in your hands," so the rebels chopped people's hands off to discourage them from voting in the elections.
-->'''Captain Poison:''' No more hands, no more voting!
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Sunspot gets his arm chopped off in the final battle. He lost pretty quickly after that.
* In ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'', the BigBad [[{{Yakuza}} Yoshida]] first shows how ruthless he is with a type 3 when he responds to a drug dealer who strongly disagrees with his pricing by drawing his katana and slicing the man's hand off. Needless to say, the dealer is quick to change his mind.
* All of the films released during "Phase 2" (2013-15) of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse feature at least one character losing an arm or a hand at a pivotal moment, reportedly as an homage to Luke losing his hand in the second ''Star Wars'' film.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': Tony uses a blade built into his Iron Man armor to cutt off [[spoiler:Killian's]] hand during the final battle. It grows back.
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Loki appears to cut off Thor's hand [[spoiler:in an illusion to fool Malekith]].
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': Bucky traumatically loses his arm in a flashback and has a mechanical replacement in the present.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Gamora cuts Groot's arm off during their initial fight. It grows back.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Ultron removes Klaue's hand early on, hinting at the mechanical hand he has in the comics to make an appearance in a later film.
** ''Film/AntMan'': When Darren Cross gets [[spoiler:imploded into the Quantum realm]] his right arm is the first thing to go.
* ''Film/{{Dagon}}'': When Paul and Barbara are reunited with Viki, they find her in a state of complete shock because the cultists cut off one of her legs.
* ''Film/SpyHard'': General Rancor lost both his arms after his previous run-in with Agent Dick Steele, but has had various prosphetic replacements constructed. After Steele ties Rancor to his own missile in the climax, he loses his legs as well.
* The serial killer in ''Film/{{Resurrection}}'' murders people and steals their body parts before then stitching them together to recreate the body of Jesus Christ in time for the resurrection on Easter. Six victims total--one for each limb, one head, and a torso.

* Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront has a plot arc revolving around a pair of boots belonging to one of the original group who loses a leg and subsequently dues of wounds.
* The Jack Aubrey / Stephen Maturin stories contain various amputees. One is an elderly Lieutenant who Aubrey is able to both reward and dispose of by making him Captain of a prize vessel, thus ensuring that the man will be honourably and securely pensioned off; another is a below-knee amputee who appears as Captain of an East Indiaman, being felt to have no career prospects in the Royal Navy with his disability. Tom Pullings' facial scarring is generally reckoned to have hindered his already slim prospects, and an officer who loses part of his nose to frostbite steers every introduction round to his wounding to prevent suspicion that he is syphilitic.
* Midway into ''Literature/BerlinAlexanderplatz'' [[spoiler:the protagonist Franz Biberkopf suffers an injury that loses him an arm, which ends up being amputated]].
* Captain Ahab in ''Literature/MobyDick''.
* Literature/HonorHarrington's arm was shredded by flechettes when escaping a prison ship. Ordinarily that wouldn't be a problem for their tech, which would have been able to grow her a new one when she got back home, but thanks to a quirk in her genetics her body rejects such procedures and she gets an almost as good prosthetic- with a built in gun. Previously, she had also lost the same eye (right) and arm (left) as her historical pattern, Vice Admiral the Viscount Sir Horatio Nelson.
* Captain Hook in ''Literature/PeterPan''
* [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]] in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' cuts off his own hand to help resurrect Voldemort. Earlier, [[spoiler:he had cut off a finger from that same hand to fake his death.]]
* [[spoiler: Jaime Lannister]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has his hand cut off by a rival at one point. It's rather worse than just the loss of a hand though, as he's a knight (and one of the best swordsmen around), and his sword hand was the one chopped off.
** In the history of this world, related in ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'', Orys Baratheon Was captured by the Dornish and had his sword hand chopped off by Wyl of Wyl the second time Aegon invaded Dorne. He later paid the debt back by capturing Walter Wyl, the son of Wyl of Wyl, and cut off his sword hand. Then he cut off Walter's other hand and both feet due to interest gathered over the years since his own hand was cut off.
* ''Literature/JamesBond''
** Bond's CIA friend Felix Leiter had his arm and leg bitten off by a shark twice. First in Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', and again in John Gardner's novelization of ''Film/LicenceToKill'', since Gardner's film novelizations [[ContinuitySnarl kept the continuity of Fleming's books]].
** One villain's arms are severed in ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'' with a guillotine after an ill-fated attempt to grab a gun by reaching for it under the blade.
** A villain in the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/DoubleOrDie'' has his legs whipped off by a loose towrope. The rest of his body presumably flew into the sea.
* The Tin Man from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' was based off of the CivilWar amputees Baum saw growing up.
* Version One shows up in Creator/AlfredBester's ''The Deceivers'': mine workers who steal "novaseed" gems - a sort of universal catalyst - must then have their hand amputated to prevent the novaseed-triggered matter-to-energy reaction from slowly consuming their entire body. Novaseed gems are so valuable on the black market there is apparently no shortage of miners willing to trade a hand for economic security.
* Hertzer Herrick in Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series loses a hand in the climactic battle at the end of the first book. Of course, being [[MartyStu Hertzer]], it just serves to make him even more badass.
* OlderThanPrint: In ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', the title hero rips Grendel's arm off with his bare hands.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': The high priest of Dras-Leona's evil {{cult}} has given ''all four'' of his limbs as sacrifices to the gods.
* Rand in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' loses a hand to one of the Forsaken. The casual manner in which he shrugs it off ("I guess I'll have to learn the sword again") is presented as further evidence of his degrading mental state. A few books later, he admits it does bother him, which is reasonable since it seems at that point that the fate of the world depends on his winning a sword fight.
* Roland of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' loses his right big toe and two fingers from his right hand. Not the most traumatic injury ever, but not without consequence either, since it was his "good" hand and considering what used to be his [[GunsAkimbo preferred method of combat.]] He remarks to himself that at least he masturbates left-handed.
* Some of the characters in the ''Literature/DragonsOfRequiem'' series lose at least one of their limbs at some point during battles. The most notable case is [[spoiler:King Raem Seran]], who has both his arms ''and'' legs bitten off by Laira and Jeid.
* In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Ton Phanan lost an arm and half of his face during the assault on the second Death Star, having to get [[WeCanRebuildHim replacement parts]]. This prompted him to switch from the field of medicine to that of killing people as a pilot - problem was, he kept getting hurt, and since he was allergic to the best medicine around, this meant [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul becoming more and more mechanical]].
* ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' has Luke, fighting against Darth Vader, manage to cut off one of the Dark Lord's arms. Not perturbed by this, Vader picks up his lightsaber with his remaining hand and keeps fighting.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'': [[spoiler: Eppon]] can just [[HealingFactor instantly regrow a severed limb]]. Several books later, a smuggler is less lucky. When he's injured, a friendly tribe calling themselves The Children offer to take care of him, and they neatly remove the injured appendages [[ImAHumanitarian to have for dinner]]. Offered a bowl in good spirits, the viewpoint character [[LostMyAppetite had just seen his injured buddy]], decides to take the bowl anyway, and only figures it out at the last moment, when the spoon he lifts has a ring in it.
* Max Barry's ''MachineMan'' has Dr. Charles Neumann first lose one leg at the thigh, then the other. Both losses are treated realistically. The worst of it is when [[spoiler:he has to sever his own left arm at the shoulder as a LifeOrLimbDecision]].
* Early in ''Nine Gates'', the second book of the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy, Righteous Drum loses an arm in an enemy attack. While it weakens him while he adjusts, all it really does is make him a HandicappedBadass.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Maedhros asks his friend Fingon to cut his hand off in a LifeOrLimbDecision while he is captures. Later, Beren gets his hand bitten off by a werewolf, and ends up with the nickname "Beren One-Hand".
* [[spoiler:Jory's [[{{Kneecapping}} bad knee]] results in the loss of that leg]] in the final chapter of ''[[Literature/{{Stardoc}} Blade Dancer]]''.
* In the novels and animated version of ''LightNovel/FateZero'', [[spoiler: Sola-Ui]] gets [[spoiler: her]] right arm cut off by [[spoiler: Maiya]] to [[spoiler: remove the Command Spells that let her control Diarmuid!Lancer, which she got after subjecting Kayneth to {{Fingore}}.]]
-->>[[spoiler: Sola-Ui]]: [[MadnessMantra "My right hand... my hand..."]]
* From ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'', Gregor Eisenhorn loses a hand in battle, in one of the short stories. Not caring for the prosthetic he was provided, he eventually has it surgically replaced with a vat grown duplicate.
* Literature/CiaphasCain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM) has two augmetic fingers, having lost them to a Necron gauss weapon.
* Bernard Wolfe's science-fiction ''Limbo'' is all about a society where self-amputation, using then prosthesis only during sport. This is encouraged by the culture.
* Edgar Freemantle from Stephen King's ''Literature/DumaKey'' loses his right arm. He choice to forgo a prosthesis allows for him to channel power through his 'mojo' arm.
* Also from King: ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. In the novel, Annie [[spoiler: cuts off Paul's foot to "hobble" him, taken from the slave narratives and Congo examples as listed below]]. The scene, while averted in the film, is even more horrific. [[spoiler: She breaks both feet with a sledgehammer]].
* Averted in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Peeta loses his left leg in the arena but it bears so little impact on the plot and characterization that you wonder what the whole point of it was. The only effect it seems to have is that he's a bit unsteady on his feet when Katniss leaps into his arms for the first few months after the amputation. Oh, and there is one scene where Katniss feels guilty over him losing his leg. Other than that you would never notice that he's lost a limb and the movie version didn't even bother to include it.
** Although it does have some impact in [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell]] of "''Catching Fire''". Which, in turn, makes Peeta come off as more of TheLoad in the second film because they removed the reason why he can't keep up with the other characters physically.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'': Mr Rochester was badly hurt when there was a fire at Thornfield. One hand was so crushed that a surgeon had to amputate it.
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'': Dr. Danco takes Doakes's hands, feet and also tongue, as well as Debbie's boyfriend's arm and leg.
* In the ''{{Literature/Lensmen}}'' series, Kimball Kinnison at one point gets captured and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]]. Among the tortures is a deliberate infection that [[LifeOrLimbDecision forces the Patrol to amputate both arms and both legs to save his life]], once they get him back.
* Lieutenant Bush of the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' books loses his leg in the battle at the end of ''Ship of the Line''. He gets a wooden one and learns how to walk on it in ''Flying Colours'', and while he's slated to be a desk captain, Hornblower makes him the captain of his squadron's lead ship in ''The Commodore''.
* Suffering from the disorder mentioned in the RealLife entry below, one of the characters takes off her own leg in the novella ''Monster P*rn'', by KJ Moore.
* Evening of ''{{Literature/Eve and Adam}}'' loses her right arm and leg in the first sentence of the book.
* Ashley Gaynes in ''Blackbirds'' is envisioned by the main character Literature/MiriamBlack to die in his eighties, having lost his left foot sometime after their first meeting. [[spoiler:He loses it later in the novel courtesy of Ingersoll]].
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', Pennywise pulls off Georgie Denbrough's arm, which ends up with him bleeding profusely until death. The same thing happens in the TV miniseries.
* Three examples in ''Literature/HeartOfSteel''. In all cases the limbs were replaced with either biological (Julia's) or mechanical (everyone else's) parts:
** Alistair Mechanus' backstory includes a car accident that cost him his left arm and both legs.
** Julia Parker loses a leg to the shark-man Scarface.
** Julia's boyfriend Jim is torn in half and loses an arm during the same even that cost Julia her leg.
* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheBlackSun'', Isidro loses the functioning of one arm to torture. In a culture that values strength and pulling your weight, it's a big psychological issue for him as well as a physical one.
* In the Creator/EricFlint AlternateHistory novel ''[[Literature/TrailOfGlory The Rivers of War]]'' Sergeant Driscol has a lower arm mangled by a British volley at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chippawa the Battle of Chippawa,]] during the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812. The later amputation of the limb and recovery period is what puts him in a position to help in the defense of Washington, DC along with Sam Houston, changing the course of history.
* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', Isa agrees to have her arm amputated to [[AmputationStopsSpread stop the spread]] of sunlight-inflicted damage (her people being WeakenedByTheLight). Given that her culture exiles people with such "deformities" to their deaths, it's unsure for a while whether she'd want it done or not, since she might feel she's as good as dead either way.
* Rani from ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' sacrificed her wings to save her Pixie Hollow. She can no longer fly however she is now [[DisabilitySuperpower the only fairy who can swim]].
* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', Emily's brother-in-law, Tubal, finishes the war minus a leg. He's not as bitter about it as he might be after all, a lot of the people he fought beside got worse.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Magawisca]] in ''Literature/HopeLeslie''.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Karyl loses his right hand to a raptor and is forced to go without it for several months. Later, Aphrodite regrows it for him.
* Alvin the Treacherous from ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' starts off with a HookHand, explaining that he lost his hand to the booby-trapped coffin of Grimbeard the Ghastly. He then proceeds to lose another body part for each encounter with Hiccup and his friends, until he is a one-eyed, one-handed, one-legged, noseless, hairless shell of a man.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', [[spoiler:Gabriel and the Wyrm]] lose matching arms in their first battle against Ash - the former by magic eating through the energy shield he's been casting, and the latter by having it torn off.
* In ''Literature/ThreeDarkCrowns'' the Temple higher ups cut of novice priestess Elizabeth's hand with a serrated knife as punishment for helping Queen Mirabella run away. It is done mostly to punish Mirabella through guilt.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Pike takes one of Amilyn's arms.
** Razor and his gang chain the Buffybot's limbs to their motorcycles. The bikes take off, and the 'Bot is neatly quartered. Yuck.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Walk of Punishment", Jaime Lannister has his right hand cut off.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''
** One MythArc plot-line (episodes "Tunguska" and "Terma") has a village of Russian work camp escapees where they amputated everyone's left forearm to remove alien tracking devices implanted by the GovernmentConspiracy. Mulder managed to get away unscathed; however, Krycek wasn't quite so lucky.
** "Kill Switch": Mulder got tortured by chopping off his arms and legs as well. First went his arms, then his legs. [[spoiler:Turn's out that he was in a Lotus Eater Machine all the time]].
* ''{{Roots}}'': The front half of Kunta Kinte's foot was chopped off with an axe to prevent him from running away (again). He had been given the choice of that or being castrated.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In season 4, Nyssa al Ghul offers a cure to save Thea's life if Oliver only kills Malcolm Merlyn so that she may have control of the League of Assassins. Oliver, however, manages to TakeAThirdOption by [[spoiler: cutting off Merlyn's hand in order to get the ring of Ra's al Ghul from him]].
* ''Creator/MontyPython''
** Discussed, but not depicted, in the lifeboat sketch, in which a group of starving sailors start out discussing cannibalism and end up horse trading about which limbs they're willing to sacrifice in order to feed each other, and culminating in a series of intermittent vignettes about how there is hardly any cannibalism in the Royal Navy, really... well, there is ''some'', but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be, honest.
** In another sketch, Eric Idle is a soldier in Africa whose leg was bitten off by a tiger. He's completely unfazed by it and asks the doctor when he can expect it to grow back again.
* Used in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' to underscore the importance of keeping all receipts when traveling.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** A very disturbing type three is done with one of Pilot's arms by several members of Moya's crew in an early episode. He recovers.
** In a later episode, another Pilot is missing three arms. It turns out the maddened crew of his ship are eating them, repeatedly, as they regenerate.
** The season 4 character Sikozu has the ability to reattach appendages. At various times she loses fingers, a hand, and on one occasion AnArmAndALeg.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Butch Gilzean has his hand chopped off to create a sob-story to infiltrate the Galavans. He later has it replaced with a super-strong prosthetic.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Mack has to cut off Phil's hand to stop [[TakenForGranite the Diviner's effects]]. Phil's replacement limb has A LOT of bells and whistles.
* ''Series/BandofBrothers'' - Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye each lose a right leg during a shelling near Bastogne. (Also counts as real life).
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' gives us the Ice Truck Killer dispersing Tony Tucci around the city, limb segment by limb segment. Tucci survives, but needs a new left leg and right hand.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' gives us a Type 3 (sort of) with the Japanese security specialist in the [[MindRape Attic]], whose worst fear is being seated in a traditional restaurant eating red meat. Without having to cross, bend or fold his legs. "[[BodyHorror I have to]] enjoy myself."
* During the last season of the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Felix Gaeta loses a leg after Starbuck shot him. It becomes one of the reasons he takes part in [[spoiler: the attempted mutiny aboard Galactica]].
* In old ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketches, this happened to Mr. Bill ''all the time'', since Mr. Bill was made of clay.
* In ''Series/{{Justified}}'', [[spoiler: Limehouse chops off Quarles']] left arm in the season finale. He ends up bleeding to death on the floor, but not before giving away a secret.
* In ''Series/BlackAdder II'', when Blackadder impersonates the imprisoned Lord Farrow (whom he's never seen), he guesses wrong about how much of his limb the one-armed Farrow is missing. When Farrow's wife notices the discrepancy, he ad-libs a story that uses this trope, about how he'd lost the remaining portion of his arm in a fight with another prisoner.
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', Paul Robinson loses a leg after taking a massive header into a ravine.
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' dealt with patients who had lost limbs in battle.
* Paul Milner loses one of his legs just below the knee during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Battle of Norway]] in the first episode of ''Series/FoylesWar''. He rejoins the police force after being outfitted with a prosthetic leg. His relationship with his wife was already strained, and his injury causes her to leave for good. It doesn't stop him from [[HandicappedBadass kicking ass]].
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Angel does a type 3 with some type 2 (it was in battle but also a deliberate amputation) to Lindsey to get the scroll Lindsey was holding and because Lindsey was threatening Cordelia's life. It later becomes a plot point when Lindsey gets a transplant and it becomes an EvilHand.
** Wesley's counterpart in the Skipverse is missing an arm, likely from the same demon who appeared in "Parting Gifts" (but without Angel to help him in this timeline). His fencing skills are still formidable, though.
--> '''Wesley:''' "Ah, Kungai demon. Couple of years ago."
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had type 2 with Xavier St.Cloud, while fighting Duncan in a season one episode. When he returned in season 2, he was wearing a prosthetic arm.
** Joe Dawson. In a season 4 flashback, it's shown that lost both of his legs after stepping on a mine while serving in the Marines in the Vietnam War. His platoon sergeant, an Immortal, carried him on his back to an aid station. Later, in the hospital, he is approached about joining the Watchers.
*** Joe's portrayor, Jim Byrnes, lost both of his legs in a car accident.
* There was a type 3 in an episode of ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Ryan O'Reilly asked Enrique Morales to make sure Glen Chupe had an accident bad enough to put him out of action for a while without killing him. Morales cut off one of Chupe's arms.
* Type 2 in ''Series/TheCityHunter'': Jin-pyo loses a leg saving Yun Sung from a land mine.
* In Season 3 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack had to cut a guy's hand off with an axe because he was handcuffed to a bomb. It was later said that doctors reattached the guy's hand.
** A bad guy was captured and volunteered to lead them to the bad guy lair, so they put a chip in his upper arm in case he changed his mind. So, he cut his arm off. He later died from this flesh wound.
* An episode of ''Series/ChicagoHope'' dealt with a man whose left arm and right hand were severed in a train mishap, leading the orthopedic specialist (played by Mark Harmon) to do a cross-handed transplant, attaching his left hand to his right arm.
** Another episode involved a man who was severely injured in a car crash. The car was so mangled that the victim's leg was stuck, and the victim was so badly hurt he needed to be treated immediately or risk dying. To free him, Dr. Kronk used a chainsaw to cut the man's leg off. It's later revealed that the injured man is an NFL placekicker.
* In Second season episode of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' Nikita cuts off Michael's hand in order to save his life when he's pinned under a car by it
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** Merle cuts off his own hand to escape from a roof where he's been left handcuffed to a pipe. He returns in the third season with a knife attachment.
** [[spoiler:Merle also]] gets two fingers bitten off by [[spoiler:the governor]] right before being killed by him.
** Rick and Carol meet a couple named Ana and Sam in one episode. After they promised to help find medical supplies, Ana (who has a bum foot) failed to turn up at the rendezvous point. Rick and Carol come across Ana's severed leg and walkers feeding on a corpse a few dozen yards away.
** [[spoiler:Hershel]] gets his leg amputated by [[spoiler:Rick]] after it gets bitten be a walked.
** [[spoiler:Bob Stookey]] gets a leg cut off [[spoiler:and it is eaten by the Terminus cannibals.]]
** Walkers lose limbs a lot. One of the more graphic displays of this occurs when Michonne reveals that her [[HumanPackMule undead pack mules]] can be used to deter other Walkers. Said "mules" are armless and are missing their teeth.
** [[spoiler:Tyreese]] has an arm amputated after it's bitten, but dies from blood loss/infection anyway.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/RedDwarf''. As Lister is infected with the Epideme virus, it localizes itself in his right hand. Kryten amputates it, but the virus moves up Lister's arm, forcing him to amputate more and more of the limb. Eventually most of it is gone, and it didn't even eliminate all of the virus.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Dr. Whale gets his arm ripped off by [[spoiler: the man he brought back to life.]] He brings it to [[EvilSorcerer Mr. Gold]] for healing, prompting this line:
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Mr. Gold]]:''' When they say I charge an arm and a leg, it's just a figure of speech.
* One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' centers on the abduction and death of a girl who had her leg amputated (she died of complications from the anesthetic). The guy who found her leg found one some time earlier ("two days before the planes hit the towers")... and its owner is not only still alive, but was paid twenty-five grand to have it taken off. [[spoiler:The man responsible is a psychiatrist whose mother lost her leg when he was thirteen; once he went into his line of work, he met a girl who lost her leg to bone cancer and came out of the experience with a better outlook on life. The combination led him to believe that women are only truly beautiful when they've had a leg removed.]]
* ''Series/MythQuest'': Cleo has her hand cut off when she grabs a pumpkin vine to prevent it from being cut.
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{Helix}}'', Peter Farragut, a research scientist infected with TheVirus, kills and maims a member of his research facility's security team, severing his lower arm. Though this initially seems like brute violence [[spoiler: it is entirely deliberate. Peter's subdermal RFID chip has been deactivated, and he's deduced that he needs a BorrowedBiometricBypass to access labs containing other researchers, the better to carry out TheVirus' behavioral imperative to infect others.]]
* ''Series/RedBandSociety'' features Leo Roth, a cancer patient who had to have his right leg amputated. His new roommate in the hospital is Jordi Palacios, who is initially believed to have a similar case and requires an amputation himself. [[spoiler:It turns out Jordi has a different type of cancer, and amputation wouldn't be necessary at that point]].
* Nog from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' loses a leg at AR-558, leading to severe PTSD.
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', Datak cuts off his arm to get away from an explosion targeted on a beacon in the arm while still leaving the beacon where it needs to be.
* A segment of ''Series/UntoldStoriesOfTheER'' had the patient come into the hospital with a bloody stump and [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction an oddly serene attitude]]. Investigators found his severed hand in his freezer and he refused to let surgeons attempt to reattach it. It's revealed that he was diagnosed with body integrity identity disorder and referred to a psychologist.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has Arizona lose her leg in a plane crash, causing lots of angst about it for a long time.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' has Romano lose an arm to a helicopter rotor. A year and a half later, after his prosthesis has failed, [[spoiler: he is killed by another helicopter falling on him]].
* In ''Series/ChinaBeach'', Boonie is trapped in rising water and has to have both legs amputated below the knee.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Disarmed & Dangerous", the VictimOfTheWeek is beaten to death by an attacker who is in such a steroid-fulled rage that he literally rips the victim's arm off.

* In the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Fear Garden," Rin cuts off people's arms to use as flowers in her garden.
** In one of the [=PVs=][[note]]there are two different [=PVs=] for the song, the one mentioned here is the 3D one[[/note]] for a different Vocaloid song, "Hello, Planet," Miku's arm falls off due to damage from the debris-rain. However, it is restored when her tear makes the plant grow and it carries her all the way to heaven.
* In Music/EricBogle's song "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a young Australian soldier loses his legs in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI:
-->''And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay \\
I looked at the place where my legs used to be \\
And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me \\
To grieve and to mourn and to pity.''
* In Music/IronMaiden's concert video, ''Raising Hell'', one of the illusions magician Simon Drake did involved cutting off guitarist Dave Murray's hands.
* In the traditional Irish song "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye", which shares a tune with "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "The Ants Go Marching", the returning soldier the song is sung about is missing at least one arm and one leg, in addition to having been blinded.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "One" is about a soldier who was [[FateWorseThanDeath wounded by a land mine]] but, [[AndIMustScream unfortunately, survived]].
--> Landmine has taken my sight\\
Taken my speech \\
Taken my hearing \\
Taken my arms \\
Taken my legs\\
Taken my soul \\
Left me with life in hell
* In Barrett's Privateers, the Canadian crew of inept privateers try to hunt American merchant ships during the American Revolutionary War, and their sole survivor ends up arriving legless at Halifax, damning everyone in the world.
* In the Music/FallOutBoy music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hDZbroaQDc The Phoenix]], Patrick's left hand is chopped off to separate him from the {{MacGuffin}}. The injury remains for the rest of the Youngblood Chronicles and he wears a HookHand for most of the series.

[[folder:Myths & Legends]]
* The [=MacAllister=] family crest includes a severed hand holding a dirk. The story behind it was that one of the [=MacAllisters=] was in a boat race out to a sand dune and back, with the first to touch shore winning. Upon realizing he was not going to beat his opponent, he cut off his hand, put his dirk with family crest in it for identity, and then threw it onto the beach for the win.
* The Irish god Nuada did something similar to the [=MacAllister=] above -- the first to touch Irish soil would be the one who ruled, so in order to defeat his rival he cut off his own hand and threw it onto the beach. (Problem was, a maimed man cannot rule, so he had to wait until another god built him a silver hand.)
* At the bend of the river Scheldt, legend tells of a giant who demanded toll from everyone who wanted to sail past his fortress. If they couldn't or didn't want to pay the toll, the giant (Sus Antigoon) cut off their hand as punishment. Silvius Brabo, a Roman soldier, sought to bring an end to Antigoon's cruelty and defeated him. After this defeat Brabo cut off Antigoon's own hand and threw it into the Scheldt. Supposedly this is where the city of Antwerp, Belgium got its name from. "Hand" & "Werpen" (to throw).
* The [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse god]] Tyr lost his hand to [[SavageWolves Fenrir]].

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Becky from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' lost her left arm in a drunk driving accident, caused by Wally Winkerbean... her future husband.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', B.D. lost his leg in Iraq.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Jayne loves tearing the arms off of her foes and even keeps one in her pack. This is arguably an EstablishingCharacterMoment.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In both 3.5 and 4th editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' artificers that become reforged remove one of their limbs and replaces it with an artificial one.
* Often done voluntarily in Cyberpunk 2013/2020 in order to replace it with metal.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', followers of [[GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood Zon-Kuthon]] consider this an honor.
* Fairly standard practice in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, many characters will have their limbs removed and replaced with mechanical devices:
** Adeptus Mechanicus priests require this of themselves. Young adepts will have some augmentation, but are still wholly human. Skitarii and regular Adepts will have a good few limbs replaced and augmented with bionics. Senior Adepts will be more machine than man, and often have replaced all of their limbs (and parts of their brain in extreme cases).
** The Iron Hands chapter requires the amputation of one of their hands as a rite of initiation, which is replaced with a bionic replacement. This is to honor their founder, Ferrus Manus, who slew a dragon by drowning it in lava; the lava fused the dragon's metallic skin to Ferrus's hands.
** In one version of the fluff, whatever happened to end Rogal Dorn's life apparently left his hands behind, the skeletal remains of which have the names of various Imperial Fist champions etched (in minute detail) into them over the millennia.
** Most of the Ork's "medicine" boils down to "find a spare, lob it off, then get sewing". This sometimes extends to ''their heads'' as well. They were intentionally created to allow this sort of patchwork surgery to work and to survive the horrible shock of losing multiple limbs without dying. Most notably the Power Klaws often look like they're not gloves, but bionic replacements for their hands (not that an ork minds it).
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novel ''2XS'' protagonist Dirk Montgomery loses his arm when it gets burned by the magic spell of the wasp spirit queen. Luckily for him, he gets a cyberarm installed for free as a reward for taking out the insect spirit hive.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Ocelot (type 3 when he loses an arm thanks to Gray Fox [[spoiler:and type 1 the second]]), Liquid (type 3, [[spoiler:post-death, his arm was removed by Ocelot to replace his own missing arm]]), Gray Fox (type 3), [[spoiler:Raiden]] (several occasions, type 1 and type 2 as of ''Revengeance'')... in ''4'', even the Metal Gears themselves lose limbs.
** Big Boss and Miller lose an arm, and a literal arm and leg, respectively, in the aftermath of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Ground Zeroes]]''. Hence the name of the main game, ''The Phantom Pain''.
* In the second chapter of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [[spoiler:Guybrush]] loses his left hand in a swordfight.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''
** The game is literally begging you to cut off the necromorphs' limbs to effectively deal with them.
** An audio log found in the second half of the game documents a (former) survivor's efforts to remove his own limbs before committing suicide so his remains couldn't be turned into a necromorph. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* Partway through ''VideoGame/FearEffect'', Glas gets his arm cut off. [[spoiler:He gets it back in the true ending]]. Notably, this is one of the few cases in video games where the trope affects not only the plot but the gameplay; Glas is, naturally, unable to dual-wield his weapons after that point.
* Gene from ''VideoGame/GodHand'' had his right arm cut off by Felix when he tried to save Olivia. Olivia repaid him by putting the titular limb on the stump. Later, [[spoiler:Azel tears the left God Hand off of himself in a panic as he is being consumed by Angra.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', Al is hit with a blaster shot and has several parts replaced by cybernetics. The blaster only hit Al in the butt, yet he winds up with cybernetics in many random and seemingly unrelated places, leading some fans to suspect Al is just [[{{Robosexual}} a little too into robots]]. Perhaps he had an "interface port" installed for [[RoboShip Helga]]...
* Shinobu in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has her hand sliced off by Travis after the fight (type 3).
* Hopes to ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' that Ragna doesn't lose a limb in every installment of the main series; he's currently lost one arm to type 3 and [[spoiler: his other to type 2 to save Noel]].
** One of the gag reels in ''Chronophantasma'' subjects Makoto to type 2 for BlackComedy. The limb in question is her tail. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Which somehow comes to life on its own.]]
* During the Etherstorm saga from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', Galanoth, Dragonslayer extraordinaire, goes up against Desoloth, quite possibly the most powerful dragon in existence, and tries to take him down. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Desoloth bites off Galanoth's arm, and is only saved from death by his friend Warlic summoning up all his magical power to restore him. Unfortunately, he cannot bring back Galanoth's arm, so he has to get a new one, which he obtains from X'Dir who had sought to use it as a bargaining chip to try to get Galanoth to join Desoloth during the Etherstorm War, only to meet with the Dragonslayer's full-on wrath]].
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Lance can end up dead like this in a "manicure" if you don't help him escape Vivi's attempts to cut off his hand.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' the player can choose to initiate a type 3 when a man's leg gets trapped. Especially notable because not only are you the one to do it, it's rather realistic; being incredibly gory, and even with you brandishing a fire axe, it takes four swings to make it all the way through, the receiver passing out from shock [[spoiler: and soon after dying due to blood loss]].
** And in Episode 5, [[spoiler:after he's bitten, Lee can cut his arm off (or have someone else do it) in an attempt to save himself from the zombie infection. It doesn't work; he'll die at the end of the episode no matter what.]]
** In a much less severe case, in the third season [[spoiler:Clementine is missing half of her left ring finger.]]
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. Then-Lieutenant Price and Captain [=MacMillan=] attempt to assassinate RenegadeRussian Imran Zakhaev, whose arm gets blown off in the process. [=MacMillan=] assumes that shock and blood loss will finish him off. [[spoiler: They don't.]]
** In the first gameplay segment of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'', Mitchell gets his left arm sliced off by a stray piece of shrapnel after blowing up an enemy gunship. For extra kicker, his best friend was the one who blew up that gunship in a HeroicSacrifice, as his arm got stuck inside the gunship while he was planting explosives on it and Mitchell was unable to get him loose, even with his exosuit's SuperStrength. He gets a perfectly functional cybernetic replacement later on, from said best friend's father... [[spoiler:who becomes the BigBad and [[KickTheDog wrecks the prosthetic with a socket wrench]] when Mitchell turns on him. In the finale, the BigBad ends up dangling from Mitchell's prosthetic and Mitchell, unable to let go of him due to the arm's servos not functioning anymore, pulls out his knife with his other arm and cuts the prosthetic off to send the one who gave it to him in the first place plummeting to his death - "[[HoistByHisOwnPetard giving back the second chance]]", as Mitchell puts it in the game's closing monologue.]]
** The first level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsIII'' has the [[PlayerCharacter main character]] get [[CharacterCustomization his/her]] arms and right leg, courtesy of a [[SecondLawMyAss robot grunt.]] It's violent. [[NightmareFuel Very violent.]][[labelnote:*]]So much so, [[http://kotaku.com/call-of-duty-black-ops-iiis-most-brutal-scene-haunts-m-1741248996 that many people got nightmares from it.]][[/labelnote]]
* ''VideoGame/BuriedAnInteractiveStory'' uses the Deliberate version. Roger has the chance to use his gun and [[spoiler:save Dennis from the entities]], but knows that shooting would blast off [[spoiler:Dennis]]'s hand. It's [[DialogueTree up to the player]] whether he goes through with it.
* [[spoiler:Becker]]'s left arm gets ripped off in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' when one of his own grenades explode in close proximity.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'', this is the first Sacrifice of Blood necessary to leave the Queen of Maggots' realm and return to the world of the living. Fortunately, it's [[AllJustADream only temporary]].
* In the final DLC of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' [[spoiler:Solas removes most of the Inquisitor's left arm in order to prevent the mark from consuming them completely However, certain epilogues show that they get a crossbow ArmCannon to replace it]]
* This trope is used in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' [[spoiler:as the cornerstone of its Robotic Reveal]].
* Aaron Cash of the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Batman:]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Series]]'', after a nasty run-in with [[ImAHumanitarian Killer]] [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile Croc]], is left with a missing left hand, and a deep burning hatred for the supervillain.
* ''VideoGame/TamingDreams'' has Berdanre, who's lost his arm, leg and spouse in a tragic accident.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', during the final fight with [[spoiler: Mettaton EX, you can blow his arms and legs off if you shoot his heart enough. This lowers the required Ratings level needed to Spare him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Wasteland2'' [[spoiler: Casey James]] performs a type 1 in order to ensure peace between two feuding tribes.
** Also, the [[spoiler: Choppers]] are elite guards who [[SymbolicMutilation chop off one of their arms]] to prove their loyalty.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'''s Ethan Winters has his left arm chopped off in the game's prologue, and the same can happen to one of his legs if Jack catches up to him. They both get reattached almost immediately [[spoiler:thanks to Ethan's infection]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shirou of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' in the Heaven's Feel route loses his left arm. This also counts as MajorInjuryUnderreaction. ("Man, I panicked too much. All I lost was my left arm!") Shirou's arm is later replaced by [[spoiler: Archer]]'s.
* In ''VisualNovel/WinterShard'', Frederick gets his right arm torn off by Temonz. He gets [[RedRightHand a replacement right arm that can tear through flesh and drain the warmth from any living and undead being]] after [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal with Krotus]].
* Type 3 happens in ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' when [[spoiler:Nanami's]] right hand gets cut off and then send to the main character, as a way to intimidate him.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', both Emi Ibarazaki and Miki Miura went through Type 2 in their backstories. Emi was [[spoiler: involved in a car accident that cost her both her legs and her father]]. Miki lost her left hand in an undisclosed workshop incident.
* In the VisualNovel/SchoolDays UpdatedReRelease, there's a [[MultipleEndings bad end]] where [[spoiler: Kotonoha]] is on the receiving end of a Type 3. [[spoiler: After Makoto chooses her over Sekai, the mentally broken Sekai goes MurderTheHypotenuse and pushes Kotonoha on the train line they're standing next to. Makoto tries to catch Kotonoha but fails to save her from being hit by the train... '''and finds himself holding the dead Kotonoha's torn-off hand'''.]]
* During the climactic battle scene of ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' Travis walks calmly [[spoiler:to the battlefield to face Yuuji.]] When he arrives, he's horrified to realize [[spoiler:everyone is already dead and he has no idea where Yuuji is.]] Before he realizes anything is wrong, [[spoiler:Yuuji takes his left hand with a combat knife, causing him to fire wildly with the gun in his right hand before he loses that too.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Basi of ''Webcomic/WithoutMoonlight'' recieved serious injuries during a mission before the story started, resulting in an amputated arm.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' had one of his legs blown off when Raf Malish's soul exploded and he was caught in the blast radius.
* Happens several times in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' with golem limbs being common replacements.
** [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4903 Nihi'liir]] lost her arm due to a psychic attack and got a [[ArtificialLimbs golem replacement]].
** Much later, [[spoiler:Ariel]] gets her arm [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10143 chopped off]] by her AxCrazy half sister Kalki, and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10315 winds up stealing]] [[AppendageAssimilation Kalki's arm]] as a replacement/payback.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' starts to get dramatic when we see in flashback how Antimony's father Anthony lost his forearm. [[spoiler: He cut it off himself, on advice from the psychopomps, as a 'flesh antenna' to allow him to speak to his dead wife.]]
* ''Webcomic/BlasterNation'' has been building up since the beginning to the story of how Logan lost his arm and became unable to work as a butcher (and amazingly resentful of his son). [[spoiler: Lacking the support of his wife and son on an overloaded workday, he got tired and careless while trying to unjam the meat grinder.]]
* Missing arms are a recurring [[BodyMotifs motif]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', along with [[EyeScream wounds to the eye]].
** [[spoiler: Caliborn]] bites off his own leg [[spoiler: to escape the shackle placed on it by his sister after assuming full control of their shared body]].
* ''Webcomic/ParadigmShift'': A werewolf attacking in a frenzy is shown ripping the arm from a terrified vagrant -- one of several attacks mostly shown by their human-jigsaw aftermath. The author has studied anatomy with care, and it shows.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Oggie summarily amputates Dimo's left arm to save him from a bioweapon infection. Unlike most examples of version one, Dimo is actually grateful for the intervention.
** Later, Captain Vole casually tears the arm off an assassin to counter his DeadmanSwitch.
** In a side-story, Agatha is happy to get a chance to test her Pocket De-Arming Device, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin chops off its target's arms.]]
* A particular squicky example of Type 3 appears in ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'': when Bloody Mary chews Maytag's hand off, Maytag's primary complaint was she wasn't awake to experience it. Maytag then kindly allows Mary to eat the rest of her arm as well, because Mary needs the food and that's just the sort of girl Maytag is. Anything for a new thrill!
* ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}'': On her very first day in captivity one of Hammer's captors cuts off her hand in revenge for the death of her son.
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' [[http://www.karatebears.com/2010/11/goldilocks.html rewrite goldilocks to their advantage]].
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-17.html Claire's father cut her hands off at the Devil's orders.]]
* The monster ''Mr. Fingers'' in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' can disintegrate the bodies of creatures that touch it.
--> "Your kind grows its limbs back, right?"
--> "Nope."
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', a lieutenant lost his arm in the first job.
** Elf Also had her legs blown off at the knees and replaced with mech legs. She was actually fairly happy with the replacements as they added significantly to her then short stature. Said legs were even used at one point as a blast barrier, by Capt. Taggon.
* In ''Webcomic/CreativeRelease'', a webcomic with a fruits theme going on, two apple-themed characters are missing their right arm.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Durkon's mother is missing one arm in a flashback scene.
* In ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'', [[spoiler:Annen Duskeir]] lose an arm after having been [[spoiler:bitten by a tekk during a battle and expelled from Oros with no choice but to return to Tieke City without medical care during his trip in the desert]]. This handicap makes him more likely to lose his balance.
* The [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] setting of ''Webcomic/TheDemonArchives'' makes this inevitable, but more surprising is [[spoiler: when it happens to protagonist Tenzin fairly early in the story, as he literally loses one arm and one leg in battle.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Archipelago}}'' actually manages to invert this seemingly un-invertable trope: Raven starts as a disembodied spirit and his body gradually becomes more complete as he becomes more and more human. He's completely corporeal except for his right arm and wing by chapter nine. He looks like an amputee but he's actually the reverse.
* In ''Webcomic/{{BACK}}'' this is how Abigail finally manages to defeat [[spoiler:the Dead Man (a.k.a. "Damned" Heat): by flinging a guillotie blade at his legs whilst he's making a whirlwind, slicing his feet clean off.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Does it surprise anybody that even this trope has its [[{{Rule34}} own genre of internet pornography?]] Didn't think so. It's often depicted as an extreme (and permanent) form of bondage.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** The Blubb-O's Drive-Thru Whale entreats customers to "Sever your leg, please. It's the greatest day!"
** In "DNA Evidence", Bubs tells Marzipan that analyzing the DNA evidence she found will cost her "an arm and a leg". Marzipan, who [[InvisibleAnatomy has neither arms nor legs]], replies "Not a problem."
* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'': Fable lost her left arm while summoning a large creature of the void to save her coven.
* In the Project Freelancer flashback sequences of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', there's an Insurrectionist soldier who (somehow) survives a MAC strike with nothing worse than his left arm being blown off, and replaced by a cybernetic replacement. In Season 10, he loses said arm to a knife-throw from Carolina, shortly before being blown away by Maine's [[GrenadeLauncher Brute Shot]]. [[spoiler:A deleted scene reveals that he survives that, too, having lost his ''other'' arm.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', the cheerleaders and the Van Burens fight for Deandra The New Girl's loyalty, which results in a tug-of-war that rips off both of Deandra's arms (And the viewers can't even pretend it didn't happen, because the characters like bringing it up in later episodes). This causes Trisha to deliver a hilarious TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Ashley Katchadourian for failing to watch the bathroom door. Later Deandra has them replaced with one realistic-looking prosthetic and one cyborg arm-- she couldn't decide on one set.
* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Special-Occasion-425388903 Toki]] lost her right leg in a landmine accident.
* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have Oleander, who technically lost her leg to an accident in that the accident caused her to suffer an injury, warranting amputation. Atlasnaya is mentioned to have lost an arm and leg each to an accident, after she was sold to the Bratfa.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** At some point in Mercury's past, he lost both of his legs and had them replaced with prosthetic limbs. This eventually becomes extremely useful to the villains. [[spoiler:Mercury is very sensitive to Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance and is able to assess her abilities after only seconds of sparring allowing him to gather valuable intelligence about her that Cinder can exploit. He is also capable of withstanding Yang's Semblance-empowered attacks and make it appear as though his legs are broken without being genuinely harmed. This allows Emerald to use her powers to frame both Yang and Pyrrha, and by extension Ozpin (as their headmaster), without Mercury being injured or anyone catching on]].
** At the end of Volume 3, Adam vows to Blake that he will destroy everything she cares about. When he sees her horrified reaction upon realising Yang is trying to find her, Adam decides to start with Yang, cutting off her arm when she rushes in to save Blake. Blake is so guilt-ridden that she goes on the run. [[spoiler:In Volume 4, Yang struggles to come to terms with the loss of her arm and suffers PTSD in the form of nightmares and flashbacks to Adam maiming her. When Ironwood, without prompting, commissions a state-of-the-art cybernetic replacement for Yang, Oobleck tells her that there are a lot of people who want her back to "normal", but does not elaborate on who or why. Yang only reluctantly accepts the arm and begins to wear it when she realises that the reason Taiyang isn't searching for Ruby, who has left to hunt the villains with only Jaune's team for company, is because Taiyang cannot look after Yang and search for Ruby at the same time.]]
* In the first episode of ''WebVideo/FistMaster'', [[PettingZooPeople Martial Ape]], an evil {{Jerkass}} sensei in the mold of [[Film/TheKarateKid John Kreese]], tries to challenge Panchi, the teacher of main characters [[IdiotHero Akio]] and [[ActionGirl Red]]. Panchi agrees if Martial Ape can defeat Red. When the two fight Red promptly kicks his ass, with [[CurbStompCushion Martial Ape only getting in one or two blows]] while Red leaves him crying for mercy, and [[IAmNotLeftHanded she was still warming up and hadn't gotten serious yet]]. When Red spares him, however, Martial Ape goes to backstab her, only for Panchi to suddenly do a FlashStep, grab ahold of one of his arms, and initiate the following conversation:
-->'''Panchi:''' On a scale of one to ten, how attached are you to this arm?\\
'''Martial Ape:''' [[OhCrap Ten! Ten!!!]]\\
'''Panchi:''' ''[Rips Ape's arm off]'' Not anymore.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': In the episode "The Enemy Below", Aquaman cuts off his hand to save his son.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'', [[spoiler: Superman blasts Aquaman's right arm off with his heat vision to try and save Cyborg, as Aquaman is about to impale Cyborg's exposed heart.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'': In the episode "The Champ" Big Guy fights with an alien invader, Po, who threatens to blow the Earth up if his challenge is refused. As a gesture of good Faith, Big Guy offers a handshake at the start of the fight. Po uses this as an opportunity to yank Big Guy off of his feet. During their rematch later that episode, Big Guy offers a handshake again, and Po once again takes advantage... except this time the arm was meant to come off, and explodes hilariously in Po's face.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': It's implied that Zachary Foxx's bionics had to be installed due to injuries he received in the pilot episode. He takes a couple of direct blaster hits to his left side.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In "Why Must I Be Crutacean in Love", Fry gets his arm cut off by Zoidberg during their duel. He [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction picks it up]], [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge hulks out and smacks Zoidberg down]] [[GrievousHarmWithABody with the said arm]]. It gets reattached later... on the wrong side.
** Fry also had his hands bitten off and devoured by T-Rex.
** Bender's arms are prone to falling off. He [[PullingThemselvesTogether somehow reinstalls them back every time]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Homer Simpson does this to most of his limbs in one HalloweenEpisode.
** As with Herman the weapons store owner, who apparently lost one of his arms after "his teacher told him not to stick his arm out the school bus window." [[RetCon Though "To Cur with Love" shows he lost it while he was hitchhiking and Grampa's car sped past and knocked it off.]]
** Dr. Nick [[BodyHorror replaces one of his patient's legs with an arm and one of his arms with a leg]].
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', a villain ''threatens'' to do this to a hostage during a PrisonRiot unless Mandora surrenders. (The [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman hostage was an android]], possibly why the writers figured it wouldn't matter, but that didn't make the poor guy's pleas for mercy sound any less discomforting. Fortunately, Mandora agrees and they let him go.)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' manages to pull this off despite an affinity for BloodlessCarnage.
** "Ramlak Rising" gives us a type 3 in the peg-legged {{Fishm|en}}an Captain Koinelius Tunar, who lost his leg (and an eye) to the titular Ramlak, a [[SandIsWater Sand Sea]] monster who destroyed his people's homeland.
** "Between Brothers" has a type 2 when Panthro, in an effort to defeat his ArchEnemy Grune, restrains him on the threshold of a collapsing magical portal, fully expecting to die with him when it closes. Instead, Panthro suffers an instantly-cauterizing PortalCut, [[spoiler: losing both arms mid-bicep.]]
* Qilby in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' lost his left arm [[spoiler:when Phaeris the dragon ''bit it off'' when he helped end Qilby's world-wrecking rampage in the past.]]
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Lightning Lad's arm is blasted off by one Imperiex's cannon blasts. He later has a mechanical replacement fitted.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''; in one episode, Gruffi uses [[ClockworkCreature a mechanical suit of armor]] to infiltrate Igthorn's castle and rescue King Gregor. When its arm is clubbed off while fighting Igthorn's ogre, the bad guys are surprised when it casually picks it up and reattaches it. Well, it ''looks'' like it's doing so casually. As a shot of Gruffi fixing it inside the suit reveals, sweating and worried as he does so, it's ''not'' as easy as it looks.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' has Dr Curt Connors, whose arm gets crushed at the end of the first season when [[spoiler: the Green Goblin]] attacks the Helicarrier. His arm is amputated between seasons, and the direct consequences of this lead to [[spoiler: him becoming the Lizard in season two.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Shoko's parents sold her right arm for a computer.
** [[KidHero Finn]], [[spoiler: Shoko's {{reincarnation}},]] was also heavily implied to lose his right arm at some point. [[ImagineSpot Three different]] [[OrWasItADream possible visions]] [[BadFuture of the future]] and a view into an AlternateUniverse show him with a [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic arm]], and [[spoiler:[[CursedWithAwesome a cursed sword]] is now attached to the same arm]]. [[spoiler:It does indeed happen at the beginning of the sixth season, as a result of him and said cursed sword trying to pull back a chunk of dead guardian that his father was riding away on]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[spoiler:the original Roy Harper[=/=]'Speedy']] had part of his right arm amputated [[spoiler:by Cadmus scientists, from which they drew DNA to perfect their cloning technology for the creation of the second Roy Harper[=/=]'Red Arrow']]. He was later able to replace it with [[spoiler:a high-tech weapon developed by [=LexCorp=], whereupon he took on the name 'Arsenal']].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs' attempt to retrieve a stray dime in "Squid's Day Off" lands him in the hospital due to this trope.
--> '''Mr. Krabs:''' ME ARMS!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' OhNoNotAgain
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': [[spoiler:In the episode "Tale of Tiger Claw", Tiger Claw's mutant sister Alopex decides to spare her brother's life. But when he tries to shoot her in the back, Alopex proceeds to cut off his right arm, warning him that she could've easily taken his life instead.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[MemeticBadass Aron Ralston]] is a well-known Real Life type 1 example; his arm became trapped under a boulder while hiking, and [[{{Squick}} he wound up cutting it off]] when it became clear that [[LifeOrLimbDecision his choice]] was between self-amputation and death by dehydration. The film ''[[Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours 127 Hours]]'' was made about his trial.
* Surfer Bethany Hamilton lost one of her arms in a shark attack. She too had a movie made about her life, ''Film/SoulSurfer''.
* There's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_integrity_identity_disorder psychological condition]] (curiously found nearly entirely in men) where the sufferer feels that the only way for them to be comfortable with their own body is to have a limb removed. Standard hospital practice is to transfer anyone who requests a healthy limb be removed into psychotherapy. Unfortunately, some such people have died of complications after having a BackAlleyDoctor take their limbs off.
** Research into ways to help people cope with amputation trauma has raised the possibility that some cases of Body Integrity disorder may be caused by a lack of mirror neurons in the brain. In those cases psychological assistance won't do any good.
* This was standard punishment for slaves who failed to meet the rubber quota in colonial [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Congo]].
** Either this or {{Fingore}} was actually a "standard" punishment for slaves of ''all'' kinds. Double if they were [[MadeASlave former prisoners of war.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudud Hudud]] punishment for theft and highway robbery (without homicide) is to amputee the person's hands.
* A good percentage of sportsmen and women who partake in the UsefulNotes/ParalympicGames, as it's one of the physical impairments that allows them to partake in the games.
** Oscar Pistorius was the first double leg amputee to take part in the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames (he took part in the UsefulNotes/ParalympicGames as well). His amputations later became a key point when he was accused of murder - it was asked whether he'd been wearing his prosthetic legs or not.
* In the Battle of Trafalgar, Spanish commander and BadassBookworm Cosme Damian Churruca got ''both of his legs ripped off via a very well-placed English cannon shot''. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome He still did what he could to give instructions]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath until he bled to death.]]
** Speaking of the Battle of Trafalgar, [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Admiral Nelson]] had only one arm, the other having been amputated some years earlier.
* Mapuche chieftain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvarino Galvarino]] was subjected to this by the Spaniards. [[HandicappedBadass He later had blades attached to his stumps and returned to fight with his people]].
* In 1194, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_V,_Duke_of_Austria Duke Leopold V of Austria]] had [[AgonyOfTheFeet his foot crushed]] when his horse fell on him at a tournament in Graz. While advised by his surgeons to have the foot amputated, none declared competence to do so; he ordered his servants to chop it off [[AnAxeToGrind with an axe]], after three swings succeeding. [[DownerEnding Nonetheless, he succumbed to gangrene and died.]]
* [[http://www.travismills.org/about/ Retired Staff Sergeant Travis Mills]], who lost parts of all four limbs in Afghanistan.
* The [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Belgian Congo's]] Force Publique were responsible for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Free_State#Mutilation a disturbingly high number of cut hands]], given mutilation was the punishment for enslaved natives that didn't fit their work quotas, and the soldiers had to bring the hands of the people they shot as proof the bullets were not spent hunting. And at times the troops would exploit a LoopholeAbuse, cutting the limbs off random people.