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 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.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In the 1910 film version of Frankenstein the Monster has long fingers as part of his general unusual appearance.
- 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.
- 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..."
- In 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.
- In 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- Saladfingers makes creepy use of his long bony fingers.
- 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
- 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.