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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.

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.

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 Ryuuko.]] Par for the course, /a/ was quick to give [[http://archive.foolz.us/a/thread/103654786/ the perfect response.]]
* 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 leater 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'' 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 has his Imagine Breaker arm sliced off by Aureolus. After the battle, his arm is re-attached.
** In his later battle against Fiamma of the Right, it got cut off again, but it grew back.
** It happened again in Baggage City, at Othinus's hands. It grows back again.
** Fiamma of the Right gets his arm blown off by Creator/AleisterCrowley. It doesn't grow back.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Touma has his Imagine Breaker arm disintegrated by Mikoto's out of control powers. It grows back.
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'': Lord Folken's arm was bitten off by a dragon as he failed the initiation ritual to become King.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Limb loss during battle is extremely common but only a few incidents are examples of this trope:
** After being defeated by Ichigo, gate-guardian Jidanbou gets his arm lopped off by Captain Ichimaru for daring to open the gate to let in the invaders. Ichigo's attempt to protect Jidanbou's life from Gin and Orihime's effort to restore the severed limb afterwards ensure the group's acceptance by the Rukongai souls and enables them to locate Kuukaku Shiba who has the ability to get them inside the city so they can rescue Rukia.
** Grimmjow's rebellious disobedience of Aizen's orders results in his arm getting destroyed by Tousen. He is replaced as Sixth Espada by Luppi. However, Aizen's real plan was to use Luppi as a decoy to keep the shinigami stationed in Karakura Town so busy they wouldn't realise Orihime was being kidnapped until it was too late and then to test Orihime's power by restoring Grimmjow's missing arm. The unexpected consequence was for Grimmjow to protect Orihime from other arrancar long enough for Ichigo's life to be saved so that he could engage Ichigo in a fair fight.
** To produce a monster capable of defeating multiple lieutenants without taking a single scratch, Sun-Sung, Mila-Rose and Apacci sacrifice their left arms to create it. As a result of having their arms healed at a later date by Orihime, they are able to tackle Kirge Opie with the same monster.
** Ichigo's brutal defeat of Ulquiorra resulted in Ichigo, in his hollow form, tearing Ulquiorra's limbs off him. The savagery with which Ichigo behaves in the fight shatters Ichigo's confidence in his ability to control his hollow power and plunges him into a state of despair that ensures his later fights with Aizen and Gin are a complete disaster.
** Yamamoto uses a forbidden kidou to sacrifice his left arm in battle with Aizen. Aizen is so shocked that he finally lowers his guard enough for Ichigo to injury him, which sets off the Hougyoku's transformation of Aizen's body.
** In the Thousand Year Blood War arc, Kira loses half his torso and arm in an ambush strike and Byakuya's body is ripped to shreds by his own (stolen) bankai. These injuries change the entire tone of the story, making the final arc, and its major villains, much DarkerAndEdgier than the previous story had been.
** Yumichika slashes Bambietta's right arm to prevent her from blowing up Ikkaku's face, but Giselle observes it's a useless move. [[spoiler:As Bambietta's already dead, nothing they can do to her will stop her thanks to way her zombification powers work. That's all the information she needs to give to allow the eavesdropping Mayuri to intervene.]]
** When the [[spoiler: Spirit King]] is seen first, he has all of his limbs. The next time, he has ''neither'' of them...
* 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.
* [[spoiler:Ginga Nakajima]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' loses her left arm during her battle against the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers Cyborgs]] in ''[=StrikerS=]''. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Jail Scaglietti]] would later replace it with an arm that could extend and [[ThisIsADrill spin as a drill]] after he captures her]].
* In ''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]].
** Rei does much the same and rips Gendou's arm off when he tries to get her to cause Instrumentality. Well, she did voice her objections to it, or at least his vision of it. And Rei is pissed at him because he brought her BackFromTheDead.
* 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}}]].
* Several of the ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''s 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. They've become DangerouslyGenreSavvy about the cyborgs and 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. Turns out it's a ploy and 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. It took him over half a year (in-story) to regrow it, via some potentially lethal and very agonizing treatment]].
* 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 the movie ''The History of Trunks'', [[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.
*** [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged "Looks like he's been...]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun disarmed!!"]]''
** 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.
* ''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 their final clash.]]
* 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 ''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 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 Taku to [[WorkOffTheDebt try paying off the damage done to him]]. [[spoiler: And 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.]]
* [[spoiler: Capricorn Shura]] finds himself at the receiving end of this in ''SaintSeiya'', 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.
* ''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 ''{{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 ruined her acting career [[BreakTheCutie and totally broke her mind.]]
** It 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 hers while trying to shield one of her patients from falling debris.
* Being a fighting series set in Edo period Japan, ''{{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 ''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 this after losing her right arm (along with her [[EyeScream eyes]]) during the "Conclusion: God's War" arc of the manga. She later [[spoiler: gets a robotic limb, one with a bullet-firing hand similar to Albert's.]]
* In the {{x 1999}} 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 Lieutenant Yousuke Sasaura, a missing member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, whose one-armed and drowned corpse is found few later.]]
* [[spoiler:Sonoko]] in ''Anime/YuukiYuunaWaYuushaDeAru'' lost both her legs and one of her arms. When we see her she's bedbound and covered in bandages. [[spoiler:It's unknown if this was in direct relation to using Mankai or if the limbs were lost some other way. Togo is in a wheelchair but her limbs are intact.]]
** [[spoiler:Karin]] loses an arm, a leg, her hearing, and her vision after going Sange several times in a row.
* 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]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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.

[[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/KillblessAMidsummerNightsDream A Midsummer Night's Dream]]'' chapter 8 we learn [[spoiler:Spitfire lost a leg and wing crashing her zeppelin into Rasputin.]] Type 2.
* 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 'Phantom Skin Feeling the Cold Air' [[spoiler: Ikki loses her right arm as a result of injuries sustained after saving her sister, Jinora, during Kuvira's attack on Republic City.]]

[[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.
* ''Film/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 TropicThunder by the character POSING as a double amputee who actually still has both hands.
* Pictured above: Lieutenant Dan in ''ForrestGump'', who lost his legs in Vietnam.
* Comes as a surprise towards the end of classic silent UsefulNotes/WorldWarI drama ''TheBigParade''.
* In ''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.
* MichaelIronside's characters frequently lose (and damage) limbs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFejgU0GkY 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."
* 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; left arm and both legs above the knee by Obi-Wan; artificial right hand by Luke).
** The first arm to come off in the series was Ponda Baba's in the Mos Eisley Cantina, 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.
** 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."''
* ''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 ''TheRoadWarrior'' [[{{Fingore}} ended badly for him as well.]]
* ''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 ''TrueGrit'', [[spoiler:Mattie loses her left arm]] to a rattlesnake bite.
* In ''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 ''Film/{{Saw}}'' series was built around this, in which Lawrence from the 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/{{Saw}} VI'' 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 ''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.
* ''Rust and Bone'' ''[[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 ''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.

* 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.
* 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.
** She loses 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.
* ''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 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.
* 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.
* In the ''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 ''[[{{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..."]]
* [[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.
* 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.

[[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.
* ''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/{{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/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', 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 ''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 ''{{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 a show where AnyoneCanDie, it is obvious that any limb can be lost. The reasons and circumstances for these losses are many and varied.
** 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.
* 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 ''LawAndOrderSVU'' 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]].

* In the Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Fear Garden," Rin cuts of 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 Iron Maiden'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 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 due to being handcuffed to 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 [[NorseMythology Norse god]] Tyr had his hand bitten off by [[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.

[[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 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 due to their founder, Ferrus Manus, having slew a dragon by dipping it in lava; the lava fused the dragon's metallic skin to Ferrus's hands.
** In one version of the fluff, whatever happened to Rogal Dorn apparently all that was left were his hands, the skeletal remains of which have the names of various Imperial Fist champions etched (in minute detail) into them.
** 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 ''[[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]].
* At the start of ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', Yuri has his arm cut off by a Wind Shear demon. He grabs it with his remaining hand, crushes its head with his fingers, and reattaches his arm.
* Gene from ''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.]]
* The Engineer of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is implied to have done Type 1 to himself at some point. Having cut off his right hand (a hand replaced by [[FashionableAsymmetry his sole yellow glove]]) in order to use [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Gunslinger The Gunslinger]].
* One character from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' is missing an arm. For context, said character sacrificed his arm in exchange for the ability to control a fire demon. He can regain the use of his arm anytime by ending the deal, but doing so would leave him in great pain since his arm is heavily burnt and the demon is the only thing keeping him from feeling pain.
* Bao-Dur from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a mechanical left arm due to wounds he received at Malachor V. Because his prosthetic arm is suspended by a repulsorlift rather than purely mechanical (like the ones used 4000 years later in the movies), [[spoiler: it restricts him from wearing Jedi robes]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet: Deadlocked]]'', 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]]...
* Sydney in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' sacrificed his arms to the gods and got nifty metal ones to replace them. A fact that somehow escaped Rozencrantz, much to his detriment.
* 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]].
* 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.]]
* ''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 trailer for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'', Mitchell gets his left arm sliced off by a stray piece of shrapnel after blowing up an enemy gunship.
* [[spoiler:Becker]]'s left arm gets ripped off in ''MaxPayne3'' when one of his own grenades explode in close proximity.
* In {{Resident Evil 6}}, [[spoiler: Piers]] got his right arm crushed by Haos, though he immediately regrow a mutated arm in its place by injecting the C virus into himself.
* This happened to [[FireEmblemThracia776 Count Dorias]] in his backstory, as he lacks his right hand. It's all but stated to have been a Type 3 that took place during the war, 17 years ago.
* 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 [[ItGotBetter only]] [[AllJustADream temporary]].
* At the finale of {{Xenosaga}} episode 3, Wilhelm's right hand got chopped off by [[spoiler: Kevin]] for saving Shion. Wilhelm was unfazed by it though.

[[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 ''ChaosHead'' when [[spoiler:Nanami's]] right hand gets cut off and then send to the main character, as a way to intimidate him.
* In ''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]]
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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 having been expeled from Oros with no choise but getting back to Tieke City without medical care during his trip in the desert]]. This handicap makes him more likely to lose his balance.

[[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."
* ''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 ''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. She 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

[[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]].
* ''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/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]].

[[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.