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An Arm and a Leg
The ocean...as deep as his sorrows.

"Where's the rest of me?"
Drake McHugh, Kings Row

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

  1. Self-amputation: The character deliberately removes the limb themselves, under duress or otherwise.
  2. Accident: The loss is accidental, or occurs during battle.
  3. 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 Artificial Limbs, Arm Cannon, Hook Hand or Swiss Army Appendage. Frequently appears in the backstory of a Handicapped Badass. If played for laughs it's Only a Flesh Wound. Characters with Appendage Assimilation will simply stitch a new appendage on the gaping hole. If it's a severed hand, expect it to be be used in a Dead Hand Shot.

Note that this trope only applies when limb loss is deliberately used to advance the plot. It does not apply to preexisting 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 Knee-capping and Agony of the Feet. Fake Arm Disarm 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.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Kill la Kill, Nui Harime suffers the loss of both arms. Par for the course, /a/ was quick to give the perfect response.
  • All over Hunter × Hunter, 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.
    • Kite loses an arm when 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.
    • Meruem easily cuts off one of Netero's legs and arm, showing just how outmatched Netero was.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has had two types among multiple characters, the better to show off the universe's automail Artificial Limbs. Edward Elric, the main character had his leg taken away from him by 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.
    • In the 2003 anime, Scar may have lost both his arms after Kimblee causes an giant explosion.
    • The manga version of Wrath gets both of his arms blown off by Scar. He still manages to get in the last blow of the battle despite this.
  • Thanks to the warriors' regenerative abilities, this happens on a routine basis in Claymore:
    • Irene loses an arm to Priscilla, turning her into a Handicapped Badass 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.
    • Deneve's most impressive limb-loss to date was when she ripped off her own zombie-infected arm and 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.
  • A Certain Magical Index
    • Touma has his Imagine Breaker arm sliced off by Aureolus. After the battle, his arm is reattached.
    • 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 Aleister Crowley. It doesn't grow back.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Touma has his Imagine Breaker arm disintegrated by Mikoto's out of control powers. It grows back.
  • Vision of Escaflowne: Lord Folken's arm was bitten off by a dragon as he failed the initiation ritual to become King. It's more complicated.
  • 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 Darker and Edgier 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. 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.
  • In Elfen Lied, 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 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 eyes.
    • Due to self-defense, the DNA personality of Lucy has ripped an arm of Kurama off.
    • Lucy's arm melts down first before the rest of her body does.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Negi gets an arm cut off while fighting Kagetarou and gets it reattached later.
    • Later on, a flashback reveals that Jack Rakan, got both his arms cut off when Ala Rubra fought the Lifemaker. Even later, both his legs and arms are erased from existence by Fate's Reality Warper powers. He uses his artifact to summon Armor legs and arms and keeps fighting.
  • In Negima's sequel series UQ Holder, Touta gets his arm lopped off by a bounty hunter in the first chapter. Fortunately, an Emergency Transformation allows him to regenerate it.
  • Ginga Nakajima of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha loses her left arm during her battle against the Numbers Cyborgs in StrikerS. Jail Scaglietti would later replace it with an arm that could extend and spin as a drill after he captures her.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, 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 the soul of the robot awakens and takes control and Eva-01 rips an arm off the Angel and uses it to 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 Back from the Dead.
  • In The AnimatrixThe 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 Berserk loses part of his left arm to the demons during the Eclipse 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 Gunslinger Girls suffered Type 3s before being cyborgized as Type 1s, and occasionally get Type 2s in the course of their missions.
    • Happens literally when the Turin nuclear plant is seized by terrorists. They've become Dangerously Genre Savvy 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 Texhnolyze, Ichise gets 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, that woman belongs to a major criminal organisation, which retaliates by cutting off his right arm and his left leg. He later gets some Artificial Limbs.
  • In chapter 307 of Hunter × Hunter Gon gets his right arm cut off by a zombified Pitou sans head.
  • Squalo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! cuts off his left hand to better understand the techniques of the previous sword emperor.
  • The work of Shirow Masamune has several examples, usually to show just how badass his cyborg heroines are.
    • Major Matoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell is the Queen of this trope:
      • Type 1: In the first movie Motoko rips her own arms off trying to pry open a tank.
      • In 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 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex she loses her left arm fighting an Axe Crazy 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 Villain of the Week 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 Dominion Tank Police; 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 Toriko 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 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).
  • InuYasha: When Inu-Yasha fought his Aloof Big Brother 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 Chekhov's Gun for some Character Development that doesn't come to fruition until 50+ volumes later.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • In the movie The History of Trunks, Future Gohan loses his left arm fighting the Androids.
    • Tenshinhan loses his left arm below the shoulder courtesy of Nappa.
    • Piccolo loses his arms 3 times in the series. But as he is a Namekian, he can regrow it anytime he wants.
  • One Piece 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.
  • Until Death Do Us Part: Mamoru's preferred method of disabling bad guys. Notable victims include Edge Turus, twice, and a bear.
  • Tenjho Tenge: A type 2 when Mama Bear Makiko sacrifices her right arm to save her son Souichiro, leaving her armless since her ex-husband Soukaku had already cut off her left arm (and removed her left eye) in the backstory.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh, Conrad loses an arm protecting Yuuri, and it's all their allies find of either of them when they arrive on the scene. At turns out, the arm is the key to unlocking one of four parts of Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • Naruto has a few examples: besides numerous 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 Portal Cut off by Kamui (both were later replaced/repaired by Kakuzu), Jiraiya got his arm punched off by Asura Pain, and Tobi 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.
  • Type 3 in Princess Tutu: The Book Men chop the hands off anyone they find Rewriting Reality. After Drosselmeyer just kept on going without his hands, one wonders why they didn't switch to heads...
  • Kurogane from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle pulls a Type 1 to save Fai's life.
  • Ai no Kusabi: 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 Baccano!, Ladd Russo finds his left forearm stripped to the bone after a nasty run-in with the Rail Tracer.
  • In Guilty Crown, Shu lost his right arm and by extension his Power of Kings to Gai after he led the breakout from Ward 34.
  • Type 1 (subverted) and 3 in the D.Gray-Man 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 Canaan when Big Bad Alphard shoots her own arm off at the elbow rather than surrender to the titular heroine.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: 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 Cruel Mercy and came back to make Kenshin's life miserable by attaching a gattling gun (which could also launch explosive rounds) to the stump of said arm.
  • Embalming: Since the story is about making Frankenstein monsters, lost limbs are a recurring hazard.
  • Happens more than once in Black Jack. 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 The Atoner as he begins working for Taku to try paying off the damage done to him. 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.
  • Capricorn Shura finds himself at the receiving end of this in Saint Seiya, courtesy of Shiryu. Who then grabs him and attempts a Taking You with Me. Shura, who has had a Heel Realization, thwarts this and saves Shiryu, and then dies..
  • Pandora Hearts: 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. 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: Gil severs his left arm in order to free himself from Oswald/Glen's control and save Oz from execution.
  • A frequent occurrence in Attack on Titan, with both humans and Titans losing limbs all over the place. The Titans simply regrow them, while their human victims are less fortunate. On the other hand, the Titan Shifters are shown to be able to regenerate 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Reiner suffers a Type 3, when Mikasa cuts off one arm and bisects the remaining one nearly to the elbow. Unlike Ymir, he's fully healed 5 hours later.
  • Living Dead plays this to comedic effect as Monako can easily take herself apart. She even plays 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 Only a Flesh Wound, 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 Black★Rock Shooter anime, 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 Candy Candy, Susanna Marlowe goes through a type 2 after she loses her leg when she performs a Diving Save by saving Terry from a falling stage lamp. The accident ruined her acting career 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 Future GPX Cyber Formula, Edelhi Bootsvorz loses his left arm (and his left eye) in a accident during a test drive while competing with Osamu. After the accident, he gets Artificial Limbs 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 Senki Zesshou Symphogear G when 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 Black Lagoon anime leads to Roberta's 'reckoning' for 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 Cyborg 009, Francoise/Cyborg 003 goes through this after losing her right arm (along with her eyes) during the "Conclusion: God's War" arc of the manga. She later gets a robotic limb, one with a bullet-firing hand similar to Albert's.
  • In the x 1999 movie, Yuuto Kigai goes through a Type 3 when Fuuma blows his right arm off with his powers.
  • In one of the Detective Conan non serial movies, Conan and Co. find a human arm on a table during a cruise, which kicks off the plot. The arm belongs to a missing Japanese Self-Defense Forces Lieutenant, whose arm-less and drowned body is found few later.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Man has Peter's old high school rival-turned-buddy Flash Thompson lose both his legs in Iraq.
  • The Walking Dead has Type 3. The Governor takes Rick's arm as punishment for refusing to fight in his gladiatorial arena
  • In All Fall Down, the speedster, Pronto, suffers this when he loses both legs in the first chapter.
  • In The Crow, Eric slices off both of a mobster's legs, leaving him to die from blood loss.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Dismemberment happens all the time, the limbs themselves can usually be replaced. The situations all have some significance: Cyclonus severs Rung's arm is Played for Laughs, Drift cutting off Pharma's hands leads to the latter's Disney Villain Death, 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 Empurata cuts of the victims hands and head and replaces them with claws and a Cyber Cyclops head.
  • 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 he can kick more than enough ass on his own.
  • In Infinite Crisis, Risk of the Teen Titans had his right arm ripped off by Superboy-Prime. Later, during the Sinestro Corps War, 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 Geoff Johns, who has a fondness for this trope.
  • In Avengers Arena, Nico Minoru loses an arm. The subsequent blood loss ends up giving her a power boost, though.
  • In the Justice League "Age Of Obsidian" arc, The Flash has both his legs torn off by Tezumak. His legs are later restored by magic.
  • James Wa of The Order 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 X-Men 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, X-Statix (and its predecessor X-Force) 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.

     Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • In Tavis Blood And Fire: 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 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Silver Resistance.
  • In Winter War, Isane manages to wound the Barragan Fragment... but it turns out 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 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic 'Blood Is Thicker than Friendship', Applejack gets one of her hindlegs torn off defending Ponyville from a hydra.
  • Jewel Of Darkness: 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.
  • Captain Perrett has his leg cut off in the final battle of The Crimson Badger but still manages to kill two Long Patrol hares before he dies. Captain Bandon also loses his left leg but survives. Urthblood himself loses his swordpaw in the duel with his brother.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic 'Equestria: Total War', Pinkie has a hind leg torn off by a manticore. Being driven temporarily insane by the horrors of war, she then stabs the manticore in the eye with the shattered remains of her leg.
  • In "The Legend of Zelda fanfic Wisdom and Courage'', 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.
  • 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 A Midsummer Night's Dream chapter 8 we learn Spitfire lost a leg and wing crashing her zeppelin into Rasputin. Type 2.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction Jericho, Jericho himself suffers all three types of this trope all on the same day, the day wherein he looses his horn and 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 Skinwalker, to 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 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. Jericho has not being having a very fun time, is what we're trying to say here.
    • Word of God says that the writing and editing team are very fond of this trope when concerning the narrator (Jericho) himself. Their team motto is even "Fuck Jericho". Word of God also states that the author is a sociopath who simply enjoys making beloved characters suffer.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Princess Mononoke 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.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 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 Hiccup loses a foot in the final battle.
  • Happens to Buzz Lightyear in the first Toy Story film while attempting to jump out of a window leading to outside Sid Phillips' house. The mutant toys eventually put his arm back on, however.
    • In the second movie, Woody's arm gets ripped.
  • In Brave, King Fergus lost his leg battling the demon bear Mor'du. He replaced it with a club-shaped lump of wood.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • averted in Tropic Thunder by the character POSING as a double amputee who actually still has both hands.
  • Pictured above: Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, who lost his legs in Vietnam.
  • Comes as a surprise towards the end of classic silent World War I drama The Big Parade.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 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 Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Trope Namer for Only a Flesh Wound.
  • The titular character from The Man with the Iron Fists gets both arms chopped off.
  • Michael Ironside's characters frequently lose (and damage) limbs in the movies he's done, including:
    • In the original Total Recall (1990), getting both his arms ripped off before falling to his death.
    • In Starship Troopers, his character lost much of his left arm, presumably in an earlier war with the Klendathu Arachnids, but he gets an artificial hand fitted on it later in the film. He subsequently loses both his legs in his death scene, after which he pleads Rico to give him a Mercy Kill. 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 The Machinist, he loses another arm in an industrial machine accident which the main character subconsciously caused.
    • In Highlander II: The Quickening he gets his hand cut off in a sword fight right before MacLeod chops off his head.
  • Kill Bill 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 Natural Born Killers, 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 Evil Dead 2 film, Ash cuts off his own hand after it is infected with evil.
  • Star Wars has a large number of Type 2 lost limbs, five of them belonging to someone named Anakin. There's a website and a 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 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 Star Wars Expanded Universe lost an arm in a training accident and refused to get a replacement.
  • Mentioned by Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
    "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."
  • Mad Max
    • 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 For the Evulz.
    • 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 The Road Warrior ended badly for him as well.
  • The Machine Girl: Yakuza cut off schoolgirl's arm; she replaces it with a machine gun. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Boxing Helena: 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. It's a love story.
  • In the 1942 film Kings Row, Drake McHugh (probably Ronald Reagan'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 Stargate Continuum.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 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 TRON: Legacy. It's grown back later.
  • According to the film adaptation of Inspector Gadget, Doctor Claw actually got both his name and trademark claw after one of his hands was chopped off by a bowling ball.
  • Optimus Prime gets his right arm sliced off by Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • In the 2010 film version of True Grit, Mattie loses her left arm to a rattlesnake bite.
  • In RocknRolla, this is implied to have happened to The Russian. The phrase is spoken verbatim. Archy may have said it in a light, even joking tone, but considering what we just watched him do in the previous scene...
  • Braveheart: Hamish's father, Campbell the Elder, loses his left hand at the Battle of Stirling, so he spends the rest of the movie using a flail.
  • Orca: The Killer Whale: Bo Derek's character has her leg bitten off by a killer whale. It proves to be the story's turning point.
  • The 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 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. She wins.
  • Leprechaun kills a cop in Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood 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 Santa Sangre. 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 (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 Pacific Rim, Gipsy Danger loses its left arm in the Action Prologue against Knifehead. After being rebuilt, it loses its right arm in the final battle.
  • At one point in The Fly 2, 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!" (They were dissolved by giant fly vomit.)
  • In The Unknown, 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 Blood Diamond, depicting the Truth in Television actions of the Revolutionary United Front during the civil war in Sierra Leone. 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 X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sunspot gets his arm chopped off in the final battle. He lost pretty quickly after that.

    Literature 
  • All Quiet on the Western Front 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 Moby-Dick.
  • Honor Harrington'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.
  • Captain Hook in Peter Pan
  • Pettigrew in Harry Potter cuts off his own hand to help resurrect Voldemort. Earlier, he had cut off a finger from that same hand to fake his death.
  • Jaime Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire 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.
  • James Bond
  • The Tin Man from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was based off of the Civil War amputees Baum saw growing up.
  • Version One shows up in Alfred Bester'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 John Ringo's Council Wars series loses a hand in the climactic battle at the end of the first book. Of course, being Hertzer, it just serves to make him even more badass.
  • Older Than Print: In Beowulf, the title hero rips Grendel's arm off with his bare hands.
  • Inheritance Cycle: The high priest of Dras-Leona's evil cult has given all four of his limbs as sacrifices to the gods.
  • Rand in The Wheel of Time 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 The Dark Tower 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 preferred method of combat. He remarks to himself that at least he masturbates left-handed.
  • In the X-Wing Series, Ton Phanan lost an arm and half of his face during the assault on the second Death Star, having to get 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 becoming more and more mechanical.
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye 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.
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eppon can just 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 to have for dinner. Offered a bowl in good spirits, the viewpoint character 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 Machine Man 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 he has to sever his own left arm at the shoulder as a Life or Limb Decision.
  • Early in Nine Gates, the second book of the Breaking the Wall 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 Handicapped Badass.
  • In The Silmarillion, Maedhros asks his friend Fingon to cut his hand off in a Life or Limb Decision while he is captures. Later, Beren gets his hand bitten off by a werewolf, and ends up with the nickname "Beren One-Hand".
  • Jory's bad knee results in the loss of that leg in the final chapter of Blade Dancer.
  • In the novels and animated version of Fate/Zero, Sola-Ui gets her right arm cut off by Maiya to remove the Command Spells that let her control Diarmuid!Lancer, which she got after subjecting Kayneth to Fingore.
  • 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.
  • Ciaphas Cain (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 Duma Key loses his right arm. He choice to forgo a prosthesis allows for him to channel power through his 'mojo' arm.
  • Averted in The Hunger Games. 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.
  • Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester was badly hurt when there was a fire at Thornfield. One hand was so crushed that a surgeon had to amputate it.
  • Dexter: Dr. Danco takes Doakes's hands, feet and also tongue, as well as Debbie's boyfriend's arm and leg.
  • In the Lensmen series, Kimball Kinnison at one point gets captured and tortured. Among the tortures is a deliberate infection that forces the Patrol to amputate both arms and both legs to save his life, once they get him back.
  • Lieutenant Bush of the Horatio Hornblower 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 Real Life entry below, one of the characters takes off her own leg in the novella Monster P*rn, by KJ Moore.
  • Evening of Eve and Adam loses her right arm and leg in the first sentence of the book.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • 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.
  • The X-Files
    • One Myth Arc 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 Government Conspiracy. 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. 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.
  • Monty Python
    • 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 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to underscore the importance of keeping all receipts when traveling.
  • 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 An Arm and a Leg.
  • 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.
  • Dollhouse gives us a Type 3 (sort of) with the Japanese security specialist in the Attic, whose worst fear is being seated in a traditional restaurant eating red meat. Without having to cross, bend or fold his legs. "I have to enjoy myself."
  • During the last season of the Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), Felix Gaeta loses a leg after Starbuck shot him. It becomes one of the reasons he takes part in the attempted mutiny aboard Galactica.
  • In old Saturday Night Live sketches, this happened to Mr. Bill all the time, since Mr. Bill was made of clay.
  • In Justified, 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 Black Adder 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 Neighbours, Paul Robinson loses a leg after taking a massive header into a ravine.
  • Several episodes of M*A*S*H dealt with patients who had lost limbs in battle.
  • Paul Milner loses one of his legs just below the knee during the Battle of Norway in the first episode of Foyle's War. 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 kicking ass.
  • 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 Evil Hand.
    • 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."
  • 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 The City Hunter: Jin-pyo loses a leg saving Yun Sung from a land mine.
  • In Season 3 of 24, 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 Chicago Hope 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 Nikita Nikita cuts off Michael's hand in order to save his life when he's pinned under a car by it
  • In The Walking Dead Merle cuts off his own hand to escape from a roof where he's been left handcuffed to a pipe. He returns sin the third season with a knife attachment.
  • Played for laughs in Red Dwarf. 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 Once Upon a Time, Dr. Whale gets his arm ripped off by the man he brought back to life. He brings it to Mr. Gold for healing, prompting this line:
    Mr. Gold: When they say I charge an arm and a leg, it's just a figure of speech.
  • One episode of Law & Order: SVU 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. 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.
  • MythQuest: Cleo has her hand cut off when she grabs a pumpkin vine to prevent it from being cut.
  • In the pilot of Helix, Peter Farragut, a research scientist infected with The Virus, kills and maims a member of his research facility's security team, severing his lower arm. Though this initially seems like brute violence it is entirely deliberate. Peter's subdermal RFID chip has been deactivated, and he's deduced that he needs a Borrowed Biometric Bypass to access labs containing other researchers, the better to carry out The Virus' behavioral imperative to infect others.

    Music 
  • In the Vocaloid song "Fear Garden," Rin cuts of people's arms to use as flowers in her garden.
    • In one of the PVsnote  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 Eric Bogle's song "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a young Australian soldier loses his legs in World War I:
    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.
  • Metallica's "One" is about a soldier who was wounded by a land mine but, 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

    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 Norse god Tyr had his hand bitten off by Fenrir.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Becky from Funky Winkerbean lost her left arm in a drunk driving accident, caused by Wally Winkerbean... her future husband.
  • In Doonesbury, B.D. lost his leg in Iraq.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In both 3.5 and 4th editions of Dungeons & Dragons 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 Pathfinder, followers of Zon-Kuthon consider this an honor.
  • Fairly standard practice in the Warhammer 40K 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 metalic 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 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.

    Video Games 
  • Metal Gear Solid: Ocelot (type 3 the first time he loses an arm, 1 the second), Liquid (type 3, post-death), Gray Fox (type 3), Raiden (several occasions, type 1)... in 4, even the Metal Gears themselves lose limbs.
    • Raiden is type 2 as of revengance.
    • Big Boss and Miller lose an arm, and a literal arm and leg, respectively, in the aftermath of Ground Zeroes. Hence the name of the main game, The Phantom Pain.
  • In the second chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, Guybrush loses his left hand in a swordfight.
  • Dead Space
    • 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. It doesn't work.
  • Partway through Fear Effect, Glas gets his arm cut off. He gets it back in the true ending.
  • At the start of Shadow Hearts, 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 God Hand 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, Azel tears the left God Hand off of himself in a panic as he is being consumed by Angra.
  • The Engineer of Team Fortress 2 is implies to have done Type 1 to himself at some point. Having cut off his right hand (a hand replaced by his sole yellow glove) in order to use The Gunslinger.
  • One character from Clive Barker's Jericho 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 Knights of the Old Republic has a mechanical left arm due to wounds he received at Malachor V. Because the game is set 4000 years before the Skywalkers it restricts him from wearing Jedi robes.
  • In 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 a little too into robots. Perhaps he had an "interface port" installed for Helga...
  • Sydney in Vagrant Story 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 No More Heroes has her hand sliced off by Travis after the fight (type 3).
  • Hopes to 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 his other to type 2 to save Noel.
  • During the Etherstorm saga from AdventureQuest Worlds, Galanoth, Dragonslayer extraordinaire, goes up against Desoloth, quite possibly the most powerful dragon in existence, and tries to take him down. Unfortunately, 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 Brain Dead 13, 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 The Walking Dead 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 and soon after dying due to blood loss.
    • And in Episode 5, 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.
  • Modern Warfare. Then-Lieutenant Price and Captain MacMillan attempt to assassinate Renegade Russian Imran Zakhaev, whose arm gets blown off in the process. MacMillan assumes that shock and blood loss will finish him off. They don't.
    • In the first gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Mitchell gets his left arm sliced off by a stray piece of shrapnel after blowing up an enemy gunship.
  • Becker's left arm gets ripped off in Max Payne 3 when one of his own grenades explode in close proximity.
  • In Resident Evil 6, 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 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 The Cat Lady, 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 only temporary.
  • At the finale of Xenosaga episode 3, Wilhelm's right hand got chopped off by Kevin for saving Shion. Wilhelm was unfazed by it though.

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    Web Comics 
  • Dominic Deegan had one of his legs blown off when Raf Malish's soul exploded and he was caught in the blast radius.
  • Nihi'liir in Drowtales lost her arm due to a psychic attack and got a golem replacement.
  • Missing arms are a recurring motif in Homestuck, along with wounds to the eye.
    • Caliborn bites off his own leg to escape the shackle placed on it by his sister after assuming full control of their shared body.
  • Paradigm Shift: 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.
  • Girl Genius
    • 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 Deadman Switch.
  • A particular squicky example of Type 3 appears in 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!
  • 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.
  • Karate Bears rewrite goldilocks to their advantage.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, Claire's father cut her hands off at the Devil's orders.
  • The monster Mr. Fingers in Goblins can disintegrate the bodies of creatures that touch it.
    "Your kinds grows it's limbs back, right?"
    "Nope."
  • In Schlock Mercenary, 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 Creative Release, a webcomic with a fruits theme going on, two apple-themed characters are missing their right arm.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Durkon's mother is missing one arm in a flashback scene.
  • In Prophecy Of The Circle, Annen Duskeir lose an arm after having been 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.

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  • Does it surprise anybody that even this trope has its own genre of internet pornography? Didn't think so. It's often depicted as an extreme (and permanent) form of bondage.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • 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 has neither arms nor legs, replies "Not a problem."
  • MSF High: Fable lost her left arm while summoning a large creature of the void to save her coven.
  • In the Project Freelancer flashback sequences of Red vs. Blue, 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 Brute Shot. A deleted scene reveals that he survives that, too, having lost his other arm.
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, 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).

    Western Animation 
  • Justice League: In the episode "The Enemy Below", Aquaman cuts off his hand to save his son.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, 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.
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: 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.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: 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.
  • Futurama
  • The Simpsons
  • ThunderCats (2011) manages to pull this off despite an affinity for Bloodless Carnage.
    • "Ramlak Rising" gives us a type 3 in the peg-legged Fishman Captain Koinelius Tunar, who lost his leg (and an eye) to the titular Ramlak, a Sand Sea monster who destroyed his people's homeland.
    • "Between Brothers" has a type 2 when Panthro, in an effort to defeat his Arch-Enemy 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 Portal Cut, losing both arms mid-bicep.
  • Qilby in Wakfu lost his left arm when Phaeris the dragon bit it off when he helped end Qilby's world-wrecking rampage in the past.
  • In the second season of Legionof Super Heroes, Lightning Lad's arm is blasted off by one Imperiex's cannon blasts. He later has a mechanical replacement fitted.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man has Dr Curt Connors, whose arm gets crushed at the end of the first season when the Green Goblin attacks the Helicarrier. His arm is amputated between seasons, and the direct consequences of this lead to him becoming the Lizard in season two.
  • Adventure Time: Shoko's parents sold her right arm for a computer.

    Real Life 
  • Aron Ralston is a well-known Real Life type 1 example; his arm became trapped under a boulder while hiking, and he wound up cutting it off when it became clear that his choice was between self-amputation and death by dehydration. The film 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, Soul Surfer.
  • There's a 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 Back-Alley Doctor 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 Congo.
  • The 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 Paralympic Games, 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 Olympics (he took part in the Paralympic Games 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 Badass Bookworm Cosme Damian Churruca got both of his legs ripped off via a very well-placed English cannon shot. He still did what he could to give instructions until he bled to death.
    • Speaking of the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson had only one arm, the other having been amputated some years earlier.
  • Mapuche chieftain Galvarino was subjected to this by the Spaniards. He later had blades attached to his stumps and returned to fight with his people.
  • In 1194, Duke Leopold V of Austria had 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 with an axe, after three swings succeeding. Nonetheless, he succumbed to gangrene and died.
  • Retired Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, who lost parts of all four limbs in Afghanistan.


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