Creepily Long Arms
"Look at those arms! I bet he gives wonderful hugs."
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
Anime and 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.
- The Beast Titan from Attack on Titan has arms long enough to touch its ankles.
- Void from Berserk has arms that appear to be at least as long as he is tall. As if he didn't have enough scary shit going on already...
- Minor X-Men villain Gorgeous George sports this look, mainly due to being a mutant made of a viscous tar-like substance who after a night of heavy drinking forgot how long his arms were supposed to be.
- The Ice cream man from the film Legion.
- In the "Find the Fish" interlude from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Terry Jones appears with extra long arms.
- In Close Encounters of the Third Kind the first alien we see has very long, thin arms and legs, and is by far the most inhuman looking one.
- Freddy Krueger pulls this off in Tina's second dream in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), extending his arms as he approaches her.
- Master of the Flying Guillotine has a "yogic" fighter who's able to extend his arms to ridiculous lengths.
- In Spirited Away, the bathhouse's boiler-man, Kamaji, has unnaturally long arms. He also has multiple arms, giving him a spider-like appearance.
- In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington has very long arms and legs, to emphasis his skeletal-ness. Fortunately, he's a pretty chipper guy. note
- A very, very brief shot during the party, in the "The Addams Family" has a unnamed member of the extended Addams clan raise his hands so high that they look inflatable.
- 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.
- While he doesn't possess any extra limbs, titular character The Arm from Nancy Farmer's The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm looks decidedly creepy thanks to his extra-long limbs. When he decides to ramp that effect up a bit, he unhinges them a little and crooks them in odd ways; he even uses this to scare some primitive tribesmen into thinking he's a boogie man.
- Discworld's Librarian (who is a sentient orangutan) often has some reference to his extremely long arms made in his various appearances. They only really classify as "creepy" when some idiot has gotten on the wrong end of Beware the Nice Ones; when the Librarian's his normal peaceable self, they just add to his rather goofy look.
- In The Chrysalids the character David refers to as the "spider-man" (whose real name is Gordon) has arms and legs which are eighteen inches longer than they should be in proportion to his body. David is somewhat creeped out by him when they first meet and tries to stay out of range of his long arms; at their next encounter (which takes place several years later) Gordon appears no less freakish. And the fact that he has a somewhat squicky interest in teenaged girls like Sophie and Rosalind just adds to his overall creepiness.
- 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.
- Chirox from BIONICLE has bat wings made up of three limb segments and carries long and stupidly thin blade. His official packaging art has him with his upper and middle arms folded up, resembling Shoulders of Doom, to make him look less ridiculous.
- 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, and, of course, its sequel.
- 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.
- The Marionette◊ from Five Nights at Freddy's 2.
- 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.
- Soundwave of Transformers Prime is a Decepticon who turns into a MQ-9 Reaper, with his arms formed from the UAV's wings. Soundwave also emphasises the 'creepy' by being completely silent and a surveillance specialist who is always watching and listening, along with possibly being a more dangerous a fighter than Megatron.