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->''"Look at those arms! I bet he gives wonderful hugs."''
-->-- '''[=ProJared=]''', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqakBC4p04A How to Make Slender Not Scary]]''

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 [[HumanoidAbomination 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 CreepyLongFingers. See also NoodlePeople.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', a shinigami usually has long arms.
* The entire Devimon line from the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise (sans Demidevimon who (ironically) lacks arms).
* [[{{Ninja}} Yatsume]] [[WolverineClaws Mumyoi]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Longarm Tribe]] from ''OnePiece'', 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.
* [[spoiler:Adam, the First Angel]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' 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 [[spoiler:Bardiel's mutation]].
* The Beast Titan from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has arms long enough to touch its ankles.
* Void from Manga/{{Berserk}} has arms that appear to be at least as long as he is tall. [[NightmareFace As if]] [[MyBrainIsBig he didn't]] [[BodyHorror have enough]] [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset scary shit]] [[HumanoidAbomination going on already]]...

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The Ice cream man from the film ''Film/{{Legion}}''.
* In the "Find the Fish" interlude from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' Terry Jones appears with extra long arms.
* In ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' 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 ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', extending his arms as he approaches her.
* ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'' has a "yogic" fighter who's able to extend his arms to ridiculous lengths.
* In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', the bathhouse's boiler-man, Kamaji, has unnaturally long arms. He also has ''multiple'' arms, giving him a spider-like appearance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', Jack Skellington has very long arms and legs, to emphasis his skeletal-ness. [[DarkIsNotEvil Fortunately, he's a pretty chipper guy.]] [[note]]HilariousInHindsight now, considering how much he resembles [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man,]] in no small part due to that.[[/note]]

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The BigBad monster from ''Literature/{{Olympos}}'' by Creator/DanSimmons, 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 ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series, John Dread attempts to cause havoc in the Other's personal realm by mutating Jack Sprat and his wife, which are [[ThoseTwoGuys 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 Libararian (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 BewareTheNiceOnes; when the Librarian's his normal peaceable self, they just add to his rather goofy look.

[[AC:LiveActionTelevision]]
* The episode "Squeeze", from the first season of ''Series/TheXFiles'', features a man named Eugene who has creepily long ''everything'', including arms. It turns out he can stretch himself to fit into narrow places.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* NineInchNails had a concept album called ''Year Zero'', set in a dystopian future. Part of the backstory involves various people around the world having drug-induced hallucinations of an entity referred to as "The Presence" which manifest as a giant spooky hand reaching down from the sky (shown [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yearzero_cover323.jpg on the album cover]] and also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spectrogram_-_Nine_Inch_Nails_-_My_Violent_Heart.png in the spectrogram for the song "The Warning"]]).

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* [[EmperorScientist Jin-Gitaxias]] from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has long metallic arms that look skeletal and his hands have long fingers as a bonus.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The Dark Ones (aka "Homo Novus"), creatures from the game ''{{VideoGame/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 SCPFoundation, the fan-created [[http://youtu.be/uiHQN1q8ln4 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 ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. It has six of them, and they attempt to grab Link while the rest of its body remains underground.
* In ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', 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 ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. 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 ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', 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 [[SuperpoweredMooks Special Infected]] in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', and, of course, [[VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival its sequel.]]
** And in newer versions of it, [[FanNickname 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 ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' resembles a bipedal creature in a spacesuit with extra long arms that he raises dramatically to cast various attack spells.
* The "Bandersnatches" from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''. Bonus points for having one giant arm and one atrophied arm.
* Dhalsim from "VideoGame/StreetFighterII" has arms that stretch across the screen, based loosely on the Yogic fighter from "MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine"
* In the first ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'', there is a hunched over old man ghost with creepily long arms. His name is "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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 ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' has long arms, which he can stretch and twist at will. Plus, he's very eerie looking.
* The Limnos monsters from ''VideoGame/TitanQuest'' sport very long arms with sharp claws, and are much creepier than the other monsters. The same can be said for the Telkines.
* The [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141113015516/freddy-fazbears-pizza/images/8/89/ThePuppetFullBody.png Marionette]] from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* Slender Man from the SlenderManMythos. In certain stories, this is due to his arms actually being disguised tentacles.
* SCP-096 of the SCPFoundation, which also has an abnormally large jaw.

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