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Creepily Long Arms

This is a trope where a monster of some kind has extra-long arms. These arms won't necessarily be used in a physical way. It's more just to indicate how unnatural the monster is. Shows up frequently on Humanoid Abominations as a quick way to indicate something's not quite right.

In some cases, the arms themselves might not even need to be shown: if the creature/character in question is wearing clothes of some sort, the arms might be hidden at first by long sleeves, only for their unnatural length to be revealed when they bend the arm or grab something.

Often paired with Creepy Long Fingers. See also Noodle People.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In Death Note, a shinigami usually has long arms.
  • The entire Devimon line from the Digimon franchise (sans Demidevimon who (ironically) lacks arms).
  • Yatsume Mumyoi from Rurouni Kenshin. In his case, he had his arm lengthened by wearing a set of iron rings on them since childhood (think of the rings worn by the long-necked african women). To top it, while most of the other characters are at least human-looking, he literally looks like Venom from Spiderman.
  • The Longarm Tribe from One Piece, who have two elbows on each arm, making them much longer than a normal person's. They actually do use those arms in combat, but few of the members of the tribe have been seen doing so yet.
  • Adam, the First Angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion appears with these when he's briefly glimpsed right before initiating Second Impact. EVA Unit-03 also appears to have these, and can actually stretch them out, although this is likely a result of Bardiel's mutation.

Film

Literature
  • The Big Bad monster from Olympos by Dan Simmons, known as Setebos. It has miles upon miles of tentacles that burrow through the ground like a complex network of worms...but one of the heroes discovers that these are actually arms, with hands at the end of them. If you disturb one of them, the hand will grab you and the whole arm will retract, dragging you through the tunnels and eventually into one of Setebos's many mouths.
  • In Sea of Silver Light, the conclusion to the Otherland series, John Dread attempts to cause havoc in the Other's personal realm by mutating Jack Sprat and his wife, which are Finney and Mudd's incarnations in this world, into monsters. Jack grows immensely tall and thin while his arms grow to impossible lengths.

Live-Action Television
  • The episode "Squeeze", from the first season of The X-Files, features a man named Eugene who has creepily long everything, including arms. It turns out he can stretch himself to fit into narrow places.

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Tabletop Games

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  • The Dark Ones (aka "Homo Novus"), creatures from the game Metro 2033. They have extra long arms that they hold out creepily towards/around their victims as they telepathically menace them.
  • Based on SCP-087 from the SCP Foundation, the fan-created SCP-087 videogame features a creature like this at the bottom of the stairwell. As you approach it, it's hands come out of the darkness, unnaturally long.
  • The aptly named Dead Hand in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It has six of them, and they attempt to grab Link while the rest of its body remains underground.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the four giants you need to summon don't have torsos, just a face and creepy long arms and legs. They're on your side though, and those very hands play a vital part in saving Termina.
  • Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The effect is enhanced by the tassels at the ends of his long sleeves. As it turns out, his actual arms aren't much shorter.
  • In Half-Life, headcrab zombies develop unnaturally long arms and long claw-like fingers.
  • Endermen from Minecraft were partly inspired by the Slenderman mythos, and thus also have very long arms.
  • One of the Special Infected in Left 4 Dead 2 is The Jockey, who's mutation has caused his arms to grow abnormally long. He shuffles on the ground on all fours like an ape, then jumps onto a player's back and grabs them by the head to "steer" them, often into a group of enemies.
  • Slender Man in the indie horror game SLENDER. If you beat the game you unlock "daytime mode" in which the sky is brightly lit. Beat daytime mode and Slender Man will appear with tentacles protruding from his back.
    • And in newer versions of it, Slendy sends out his tentacles if you look at him too long, or when he's about to get you!
  • Lavos's final form in Chrono Trigger resembles a bipedal creature in a spacesuit with extra long arms that he raises dramatically to cast various attack spells.
  • The "Bandersnatches" from Resident Evil: Code: Veronica. Bonus points for having one giant arm and one atrophied arm.
  • Dhalsim from "Street Fighter II" has arms that stretch across the screen, based loosely on the Yogic fighter from "Master of the Flying Guillotine"
  • In the first Fatal Frame, there is a hunched over old man ghost with creepily long arms. His name is "Man With Long Arms" and, just to make him even creepier, he has a particular interest in taking children as his victims...
  • Kotaro Fuuma from Samurai Warriors has long arms, which he can stretch and twist at will. Plus, he's very eerie looking.
  • The Limnos monsters from Titan Quest sport very long arms with sharp claws, and are much creepier than the other monsters. The same can be said for the Telkines.

Web Original
  • Slender Man from the Slender Man Mythos. In certain stories, this is due to his arms actually being disguised tentacles.
  • SCP-096 of the SCP Foundation, which also has an abnormally large jaw.


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