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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  • 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.


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.

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.