Extendable Arms

Take a cartoon, preferably an older one, and find a pair who always end up in fights. Tom and Jerry, Dick Dastardly and Muttley from Wacky Races or virtually anyone from Looney Tunes. Somehow, one character always has a fist which can stretch across an entire country. Or a universe. This is a type of Toon Physics, and is often used with revenge. The inverse is when a character has extendable legs.

Not to be confused with Rubber Man

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     Fan Works  

  • In A Growing Affection, Shino's damaged leg is replaced with an insect colony. They mimic a Human leg almost perfectly, but he teaches them to perform an extending kick.
  • Jack, from the Calvinverse, has these.
  • Zany To The Max: Inverted with Takko Zarner, who has extendable legs. His legs are usually longer than Yakko's.

     Film  

  • In an exceedingly rare live-action example, in the Chinese kung-fu movie Master of the Flying Guillotine, an Indian fighter enters a tournament with the power to extend his arms to an absurd length.
  • Michael Jordan uses this to make a slam dunk in Space Jam.
  • Freddy briefly extends both his arms to scare Tina in the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) film.
  • In Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland the Nightmare King uses his extendable arms to chase Nemo down tunnels in his flying bed.
  • The Silence of the Hams: There's a gag where a midget guard at the prison for mentally insane criminals directs Agent Fostar to a file on Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza lying on top of a very tall cabinet. Fostar (who's about 6 feet tall) can't reach it, then the guard groans and extends his arm so he can easily grab it for him.

     Video Games  

  • This is one of Dhalsim's special abilities in the Street Fighter series—he can punch you from the other side of the screen.
  • In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic has arms that extend in his werehog form.
  • Used as Bravoman's primary power along with extending legs.
  • The main character of Ristar is able to do this as one of his main powers.
  • The Pokémon Breloom can do this according to its Pokédex entry. The console game animations show it quite well.
    • Hitmonlee is the inverse, with legs that stretch to enhance the power and range of its kicks. Bruno of Pokémon Special has a unique Hitmonlee that is capable of both.
  • In the fan-made Sonic the Hedgehog 1 Game Mod Bunnie Rabbot in Sonic the Hedgehog this is Bunnie's main ability with her roboticized left arm. In the show she was from however she had extendable legs.

     Web Animation  

  • One of the Powered by the Cheat cartoons on Homestar Runner has Strong Bad and the Cheat stretching their arms far above the earth to high five in outer space.

     Western Animation  

  • In The Thief and the Cobbler, the Witch uses this to pull down a hesitant character (who is much bigger than she is) for examination.
  • Tom and Jerry demonstrates this several times, often when Tom tries to reach for Jerry inside one of the walls.
  • Used by Dick Dastardly whenever Muttley starts laughing at him, outside the range of a typical human being.
  • Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has these, but she uses them to pull her friends in for a group hug.
  • On Family Guy, Lois' father once punched Peter through an email.
  • Though it doesn't involve combat, the mid-1980s Scooby-Doo series had Daphne restrain a fleeing Shaggy by extending her arms from off screen.
  • Mr. Tickle from The Mr. Men Show does this to tickle people.
    • In the original books, his arms were long all the time. In the show, they're usually normal sized.
    • Other characters do this, but they do so to grab items from far away (but not as far away as Mr. Tickle can reach).
  • Lucky in the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Chow About That?" extends his arm off-screen to grab Cadpig. This does not occur in any other episodes.


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