Creepy Long Fingers

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Characters and monsters (or both) have a little extra creepy added to them when they have longer than average fingers. They don't even have to be a foot long, the Uncanny Valley can make even just slightly longer fingers off putting. This is one reason Femme Fatalons which lengthen the apparent size of fingers can invoke this effect, as can actual claws.

These characters are likely to use their big hands in subtle or overt expressive ways, and comparisons to skeletons and spiders are common. They'll usually gesticulate with surgeon like precision or herky-jerky motions. Outright inhuman creepy long fingers may have extra knuckles or Freddy Krueger style finger attachments that can double as weapons.

The one big drawback to using this this trope in live action media is that human actors are unlikely to be able to handle extra knuckles or delicate motions, which is why animatronics and CGI fare better. Actors with these finger extensions are usually limited in their range of hand motions, being unable to make a fist, wield guns or more generally grasp thin objects.

When villains, these characters enjoy making Sinister Scraping Sounds and Finger Licking Evil.

Often overlaps with the similar Creepily Long Arms. Goes well with the stretched-out physiques of Noodle People. Long fingernails are usually included as well.


Examples:

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the 1910 film version of Frankenstein the Monster has long fingers as part of his general unusual appearance.
  • The titular entity in The Babadook, to the point where it's one of the thing's most distinguishing features. The film's page image says it all.
  • Nosferatu's hands have long fingers.
    • Nosferatu the Vampyre is based heavily on Nosferatu even though the main character is called Dracula. He looks like Nosferatu, down to the long fingers.
    • And anyone else who Looks Like Orlock.
  • Radu in Subspecies not only has long fingers, he can snap them off to create minions.
  • In the 1979 film version of Dracula, the eponymous vampire has some very claw like movement with his hands, which makes them appear very long. Frank Langella's hands did not have prosthetics, though.
  • We can't forget Conrad Veidt, can we now?
  • Most designs for the aliens from the Alien series give the extraterrestrial monsters long, clawed fingers. Some go so far as to make them more than a foot long.
  • The Bennnings-Thing in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is also "creepy misformed fingers", but they're clearly playing off the horror this trope provides when his hands are revealed. The poster of the 2011 prequel also utilizes it.
  • Kaiser Belial from Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial. He also uses his fingers to brainwash his opponents.
  • After removing her disguise, the Grand High Witch has fingers almost a foot long.
  • In another vampire example, Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows.
  • Pan's Labyrinth has both The Faun and The Pale Man, courtesy not of CGI, but rather the actor who portrayed them, Doug Jones. (see the real life examples for more on him)

    Literature 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
  • Bored of the Rings, a parody of The Lord of the Rings. Boggies (hobbits) "have long, clever fingers of the sort one normally associates with hands that spend a good deal of time around the necks of small, furry animals and in other people's pockets..."
  • Harry Potter:
    • Lord Voldemort reborn is said to have long, thin fingers. His hands are compared to "giant pale spiders" several times in the series.
    • Interestingly, the subservient and almost completely harmless House Elves are often described as having long-fingers as well.
  • Galaxy of Fear:
    • The two Shi'ido are described as having abnormally long fingers while in their humanoid default forms. The Big Bad certainly has creepy aspects, and even Hoole starts off a little ambiguous.
    • Yuuzhan Vong shapers are sometimes presented this way, especially Nen Yim, who shows up more than once on book covers with her abnormally-long hands. For extra Mad Scientist cred, shapers' hands are implants (they chop off the originals in a religious ceremony) that are equipped with various tools such as blades, pincers, and exotic sensory apparatuses to help in their work.
  • In Dragaera, the goddess Verra has extra joints in her fingers, though this isn't what makes her creepy.
  • The Stephen King short story "The Moving Finger" involves a finger with many more knuckles than is usual, which appears in the protagonist's life with little explanation or justification and causes him to doubt his safe, rational view of the world.
  • Tedrin, the needle-symbiote-infected villain in Eden Green, enjoys lengthening his fingers into sharp points to creep out Eden.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Eugene Victor Tooms from The X-Files episodes "Squeeze" and "Tooms" can elongate his body, including fingers, which he demonstrates when squeezing himself through a chimney into someone's house to murder them (as pictured atop this article). Bonus points for the creepily long fingerprints.
  • The demon from the Charmed episode "Kill Billie, Vol. 1" had these, along with Femme Fatalons.

    Music 
  • The music video for Tool's "Prison Sex" features a nightmarish black Lean and Mean humanoid... Thing... With really long thin fingers.
  • ASP has them when impersonating his concept albums Big Bad, the Black Butterfly, for example on the covers of "Aus der Tiefe" and "Weltunter".
  • The music video for RadicalFace's "Holy Branches" features mysterious, black cloaked, white-masked entities with long, stiff fingers.

    Tabletop Games 

    Toys 
  • Quickstrike from Beast Wars, as each of his fingers turned into entire scorpion legs when he was in beast mode.
  • Onua, a rare good guy example, from BIONICLE. Overlaps with Wolverine Claws.

    Video Games 
  • The Longest Journey has several, even Abnaxus, who is one of the good guys.
  • Some subspecies (like Stalkers) of the Necromorphs from Dead Space have elongated, clawed fingers along with the rest of their mutations.
  • Ultimecia inhabiting Edea 's body in Final Fantasy VIII has either this or Femme Fatalons covered by long-fingered gloves, it's hard to tell. When we see normal Edea in her normal outfit, the camera doesn't pay any extra attention to her hands.
  • Valve kinda love this trope, just look at the Witch from Left 4 Dead or headcrab zombies from Half-Life. The absolute king is Half-Life's the Nihilanth, whose fingers are at least three meters long and about as long as his torso.
  • The Leapers in Remember Me have creepy long fingers.
  • The Marionette from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 has long, talon-like fingers.

    Web Animation 
  • Salad Fingers makes very creepy use of his long, green, bony fingers.

    Web Original 
  • The Slender Man, when given arms and hands, is sometimes shown with these. Though that brings up the question of if they're fingers at all, or just its Combat Tentacles taking the appearance of fingers...
  • Goblins: Mr. Fingers is a living incarnation of this trope. That's all he is, fingers, and you don't want him anywhere near you.

    Western Animation 
  • Aurra Sing in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Along with chalk white skin, a bald head with a single tail of hair, and an antenna protruding from that same bald head. It's never explained of what species exactly she is.
  • Several Decepticons in Transformers Prime, especially Starscream and Soundwave.
  • Obsidian from Beast Machines has what look like bundles of wires for fingers. His toy meanwhile doesn't even have hands.
  • The Lizard King from 3-2-1 Penguins! reveals his long, bony fingers to Michelle to show her that he has a good chance of winning the game of Squid-Tac-Toad.

    Real Life 
  • The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), a species of lemur. And as if just having long fingers isn't creepy enough, the third finger additionally is incredibly thin! Even the way they use it is creepy — they insert their finger into a hole in a tree and then lick off the bugs that crawl onto it.
    • This has given the aye-aye a reputation as being bad luck. It is said that if an aye-aye were to point its middle finger at you, a horrible death will follow (granted there is an element of truth to this; the aye-aye's middle finger certainly ends up causing its prey a horrible death). Sadly, this has also led to its species being endangered, as people have been known to kill aye-ayes due to this superstition.
  • Bats. Their wings are actually made up of extremely elongated fingers, which nowadays are all but unrecognizable from what they once were. On a less extreme level, the now extinct pterosaurs had wings supported by elongated pinkie fingers.
  • Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue characterized by exceptional tallness and long limbs, including very long thin fingers.
  • Actor Doug Jones has built a career on combining his extreme flexibility, long limbs and fingers, and mastery of both Body Language and intense character acting to become a Man of a Thousand Faces, and a darling of special effects artists. His hand gestures in particular border on the surreal: a single graceful ripple or jerky Marionette Motion of his fingers can replace pages worth of characterization and hours worth of makup.
  • Older Than Dirt: There was a family of tiny, birdlike dinosaurs called Scansoriopterygids that had very long fingers. The purpose of these fingers was the subject of debate for a long time; most thought they were used the same way aye-ayes use their fingers, others believed they were used for climbing. Yi qi, a scansorioptrygid discovered in 2015, suggests that they were used for something else entirely...

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