->'''Dwight Hartman:''' I... I can't feel my legs!
->'''Ray Wilkins:''' Dude... you never could.
-->-- ''Film/ScaryMovie2'', after the paraplegic Hartman has fallen out a window.

A big battle is going on, and one of the good guys gets injured. Usually, it's not a main character, but rather a secondary one who utters the phrase "I can't feel my legs...". When this comes out of their mouth, you know that they're going to end up paralyzed in some way (usually for life). This is a common backstory for the InspirationallyDisadvantaged, WheelchairWoobie, or someone with a DisabilitySuperpower.

This trope is usually a spoiler, as well as a StockPhrase.

This trope is PlayedForLaughs a lot nowadays, sometimes with the character saying "I can't feel my legs" ''already a cripple'', and somebody reminding them that they couldn't before. Alternatively they may say the words, then a few seconds later realise that they CAN, and it's agonising. For a related comedic trope, where this situation is [[PlayedForLaughs Played For]] {{Slapstick}}, see BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut.



[[folder: Anime / Manga ]]

* [[spoiler:Havoc,]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', utters this after being stabbed by [[spoiler:Lust.]]
* Played with in ''Manga/InuYasha''.
--> '''Inuyasha''': *Picks up Jaken* Want me to stretch you out? *Starts stretching Jaken in amusement*
--> '''Shippo''': Inuyasha, you are such a bully...
--> '''Inuyasha''': Hey! Getting pretty stretchy there Jaken!
--> '''Kagome''': Stop that Inuyasha! SIT BOY! *Inuyasha falls face flat on the ground with Jaken under him*
--> '''Jaken''': *Dizzy* I can't feel my legs...


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicStrip/{{Rudi}}'' tries to pick up a woman at the supermarket by "accidentally" hitting her with his shopping cart. But he is nervous and uses too much power...
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} gets beaten up by Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk and wakes up saying he can't feel his legs, then realizes Hulk ''ripped them off''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'': One of ComicBook/PoisonIvy's victims who she dumped inside a ManEatingPlant says that he can't feel his legs. Ivy reminds that it's because he doesn't ''have'' legs anymore.
* In Issue 22 of ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015'', [[spoiler:Betty Cooper, of all people]] utters this line after waking up in the hospital after an accident. While they are wheelchair-bound for some time, [[StatusQuoIsGod they get better]] after physical therapy.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Donkey in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':
-->'''Donkey:''' Oh, man! I can't feel my toes! [looks down at hooves] I don't ''have'' any toes!
* A very depressing (or ''very'' dark-humored) example from a kid's movie, no less. In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' , as Z is holding his dying friend's [[spoiler: severed]] head, said friend mutters the exact phrase.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. After a crash, Olaf the Snowman (whose legs had fallen off) grabs Kristoff's feet and screams that he can't feel his legs. Kristoff says those are ''his'' legs.
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' pulls a similar gag; when Joy, Sadness, and Bing Bong are abstracting in the Abstract Thought Chamber, Bing Bong falls to pieces.
-->'''Bing Bong:''' I can't feel my legs! ''(his disembodied hand grabs a disembodied leg)'' Oh, here they are.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/TropicThunder'' plays with it by having Tugg say the line after escaping an explosion and collapsing, only for Kirk to point out that it's because his legs are in a cold puddle.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/SilverBullet'', the film adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''Cycle of the Werewolf'', after the kids have killed the werewolf, Jane asks Marty if he's okay, and Marty (who is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair), says "No... I think something's wrong with my legs! I can't feel them!" Cue the DopeSlap in response.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. The following scene occurs at the beginning of the movie. [[spoiler: Later, we hear that Keaton was shot beforehand.]]
-->'''Keyser Soze:''' How you doing Keaton?
-->'''Keaton:''' I can't feel my legs...Keyser.
* ''Film/ScaryMovie2''. Dwight is paraplegic.
-->'''Buddy: '''Are you okay, Dwight?
-->'''Dwight Hartman:''' I can't... I can't feel my legs. Aaahahaha, I can't feel my legs.
-->'''Ray Wilkins:''' You never could.
-->'''Dwight Hartman:''' Hey you stay out of this, all right?
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', in a state of shock, [[spoiler:Charles Xavier says this multiple times a few climactic scenes after being shot in the back. Given the character is usually best known for A. his psychic powers, B. being bald, and C. being confined to a wheelchair, this is more or less a ForegoneConclusion.]] However, that does not make the moment any less of a TearJerker.
* Film/MajorPayne tries to tell a bedtime story. It does not end well.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' when Mark drags Eduardo outside in the freezing cold to talk about his early ideas for Facebook. Eduardo was attending the Harvard Jewish fraternity's Caribbean night and is dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts. When Eduardo says the line, [[NoSocialSkills Mark]] obliviously replies "I know, I'm totally psyched about this too."
* Kiefer Sutherland's character in ''Film/ToEndAllWars'' says "Guys, I can't feel my legs" after taking a brutal beating from the camp commander after taking the blame for a missing shovel that had actually been misplaced by a camp guard. He ends up in a wheelchair.
* The film ''Film/ExtremeMeasures'' takes this even further. When the protagonist wakes up in the hospital, after being attacked, he mutters that he can't move ''at all'', at which point the doctor tells him that his neck was broken in the attack and that he's ''completely'' paralyzed.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'': [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Bishop]], who's missing his body from the waist down, complains his legs hurt.
* ''Film/WelcomeToThePunch'': Roy Edwards [[BlackComedyBurst jokes about this]] to Jacob Sternwood after he is [[spoiler:shot and injured by the goon Dean Warns]].
-->'''Jacob:''' How ya doing?
-->'''Roy:''' ''(gritted teeth)'' I can't feel my legs, Jake.
-->'''Jacob:''' ''(concerned)'' Really?
-->'''Roy:''' ''(normally)'' Fuck off.
-->'''Jacob:''' [[DudeNotFunny Oh, for fuck... no, you fuck off!]]
* In the 1942 film ''Film/KingsRow'', Drake [=McHugh=] (probably UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's most famous role) has both of his legs amputated needlessly by a sadistic doctor after an accident. When he wakes from anesthesia, he says the famous line: "Where's the rest of me?"
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''. Cage is sparing with some combat training robots with NoOSHACompliance. One sends him flying into the wall.
-->'''Cage:''' I think I broke something.
-->'''Rita:''' What?
-->'''Cage:''' My back. The only thing I can feel is my lips.
* Subverted in ''Film/KillBill'', as the Bride can't feel her legs, due to having been in a deep coma, but manages to MindOverMatter the return of sensation and function in her feet before long.
* In ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'', the titular character claims this while he's in the hospital after his race-ending crash. His legs are fine; he's just being an idiot.
* At the start of ''Film/GhostInTheShell'', the protagonist informs the doctor that she can't feel her body. She's informed that her brain has been placed in an artificial body after a terrorist bombing. Unsurprisingly she starts to FreakOut and has to be sedated.


[[folder: Jokes ]]

* An old joke has a guy waking up in the hospital after an accident:
-->'''Patient:''' Doctor, I can't feel my legs!
-->'''Doctor:''' Of course you can't - I had to cut off your arms.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles book ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', [[spoiler: Harry himself utters this after falling and breaking his back.]]
* Subverted in the beginning of ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'': after a crash landing, Ilmar discovers that he cannot feel his legs and thinks his back is broken. However, it turns out, they were simply numb from sitting in a cramped position with [[TagalongKid Marcus]] on his lap for a couple of hours.
* Subverted in the first ''Series/TrueBlood'' novel. Sookie gets beaten almost to death and says that she can't feel her legs. [[spoiler: However, Bill then heals her with vampire blood.]]
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, a tree falls in the camp and lands on the young cat [[spoiler:Briarpaw]]. She cannot feel her hind legs. It turns out that her spine is broken and her hind legs are paralyzed.
* In the children's novel "What Katy Did", Katy mentions how she can't feel her legs, or at least that they feel strange, when she is in the early stages of recovering from her fall.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* Mad TV, parodying the Budweiser's "Bud-Bowl" advertising campaign, featured a skit where a beer bottle got injured and yelled out, "I can't feel my label!"
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "All Hell Breaks Loose". [[spoiler: Piper has been shot.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Piper Halliwell]]''': Prue, [[ImColdSoCold I'm cold.]] I can't - I can't - I can't feel my legs.
* Danny on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', after the shooting at the bar where he was shot in the back.
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'', "Unlikely things to hear in a war film"
--> '''Frankie Boyle:''' "I can't feel my legs!" "That's because your arms have been blown off."
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** Occurs in the season 5 finale. The crew begin searching the badly damaged ''Equinox'' for survivors. Kim and Seven of Nine find one crew member buried under debris. The man mentions that he can't feel his legs, and asks Seven to check and tell him if they're still there. In a subversion, his legs are fine and he is later seen walking under his own power, so they'd probably just gone numb.
** In "Warhead", the crew are surprised when an crashed artificial intelligence says it can't feel its arms or legs (it's not even an android, but a missile). Turns out the memory bank was damaged and it forgot what it was.
** Played straight with the RedShirt who dies in the opening scene of "Innocence".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Sontaran Stratagem" - The reaction of two UNIT soldiers when General Staal temporarily paralyzes them from the waist down.
* Series/{{Baywatch}}. Mitch says this verbatim after being slammed into rocks during a particularly dangerous rescue attempt.
* A favorite SoapOpera trope, of course. Though sometimes they like to show, rather than tell--when the injured person is asked to move their legs, the camera cuts to the immobile limbs, thus revealing the person's paralysis.
* Naturally, this happened from time to time on ''Series/{{MASH}}'', most notably in a case where they told a wounded soldier it was merely an effect of the medication, so they wouldn't have to tell him he was paralyzed and dying.
* Stevie's response in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' after Malcolm, having crashed his wheelchair with him in it, asks him if he's all right. "That's not funny, Stevie."
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Season 2's "Enter Zoom," following a battle with the season's eponymous BigBad, [[spoiler:[[SuperSpeed Barry Allen]], the Flash himself, says this in TheStinger]]. He heals in the next episode.
* Tragically inverted in ''Series/{{OZ}}''. When [[spoiler:the wheelchair bound Augustus Hill is mortally injured]], his FamousLastWords are "I can feel my legs".

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* One ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip had Jon screaming this and calling for a medic, but he was just mocking Garfield, who was sitting on his lap at the time.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* In an episode of Wrestling/{{WWE Raw}}, the stage collapses on top of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. As all the wrestlers work together to save him, Vince can be heard telling Wrestling/TripleH that he can't feel his legs, breaking {{Kayfabe}} by calling Triple H by his real name, Paul.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Defied in ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'' when Stanhope keeps [[spoiler: Raleigh, who's been hit by a shell]] talking so he [[LetThemDieHappy doesn't realize that he's been paralyzed.]]
* In an episode of ''Theatre/{{Mindfreak}}'' where they stage a decapitation illusion gone wrong, the man in the guillotine uses this line.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Laharl from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' utters these words in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. However this is subverted- he's not paralyzed, he is just really hungry because he hasn't eaten any nutritious food in a long time.
* In ''VideoGame/{{WET}}'' Simmons yells this after his car has crashed. It makes it impossible for him to flee when Rubi [[EveryCarIsAPinto throws a lighter into the leaked gasoline]].
* In ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', Bentley tells this to Murray at the very end of the game after getting crushed beneath Clockwerk's jaws.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Klay World: Pancake Mines'', A Klayman steps on a mine, which blows his legs off. He screams, "I can't... feel... my arms!" The Klayman's head then falls on another mine, setting off a chain reaction of explosions.
* After being paralyzed from being pushed off a cliff [[spoiler:by Vriska]], Tavros of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' says the following:
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: [[spoiler: aG]] JUST JUMPED ME OFF A CLIFF]],
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: wITH MY BRAIN,]]
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: aND, uHH]]
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: mY LEGS, aLSO,]]
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: aND NOW, tHEY FEEL,]]
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: iNVISIBLE,]]
-->[[color:#a15000:AT: wOW, i'M SURE THERE WAS A BETTER WAY TO SAY THAT,]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** After Homsar got squashed by [[AnvilOnHead a Heavy Lourde]] in his first appearance, his second appearance was leaving a message in episode 5 of "Marzipan's Answering Machine". Homsar calls to thank Marzipan for bringing flowers while he was in the hospital, and says "I'm feeling much better now, but I still can't feel my legs."
** In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "the chair", Strong Bad moans "I can't feel my parts..." after the sweatpants button on his fancy new chair malfunctions. In an EasterEgg, Strong Sad says the same thing after throwing his back out trying to sit on a ridiculous-looking designer chair.
* Subverted in the second episode of ''Webcomic/TheMostStupidDeathsInSuperMario64''. Then doubly subverted.
* Exaggerated in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': Guldo has Gohan and Krillin trapped, and is ranting at them, camera zoomed in on his face, when he interrupts himself with "why can't I feel my ''everything''"? The camera zooms out to reveal that [[spoiler:Vegeta [[OffWithHisHead decapitated him]] mid-speech]]. "Oh."
* An alternative took place in the ''[[TransformersUniverse Transformers Galaxy]]'' Roleplay. The insane, one-eyed Whirl is taking aim with a bazooka and he... ''squints''. It's not clear whether he's being crazy or joking, but he suddenly shouts out...
--> '''Whirl:''' ''(takes aim)'' "Help! I'm blind!" ''(starts panicking)''
--> '''Over Comm-link:''' "Whirl, that's what ''happens'' when you close your ''only eye''."
--> '''Whirl:''' "Heh, I knew that..." ''(opens his optic again)''


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', the local HandicappedBadass Garrett invoked this--PlayedForLaughs, of course, as he is one of the best-adjusted paraplegics around.
** The best part of this scene is the moment right after he says it, when both his teammates in the car look ''genuinely worried'' that something bad has happened to him. Then what he said sinks in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[spoiler: Danny's clone and female counterpart Dani says this line as she begins to break down from genetic instability. At this point of her meltdown, she didn't even ''have'' legs anymore.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Falling asleep on a particularly long bus trip, Homer awakes and puts his hands on the blanket spread over his legs, then realizes he can't feel them. He starts punching them, screaming he can't feel his legs, when Marge groggily tells him they belong to the extremely tall guy behind him.
* Happens occasionally as a running gag in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' - Dojo, the team's dragon companion, says this while pinned under a boulder. [[TheBigGuy Clay]] lifts the boulder and reminds him that he doesn't ''have'' legs.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'', the paraplegic Dr. Wang tried to invoke this trope by staging an accident that he could file a big lawsuit over.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama All-Stars'', Alejandro says that being in the Drama Machine for a year has made his legs numb, his legs eventually recover, but he pretends that they haven't so that Heather would let her guard down.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' to Cosmo (in the form of a squirrel):
-->'''Cosmo:''' I'm not moving until I get my nuts! ''(gets SquashedFlat by Crocker)'' Or until I can feel my legs.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': During one of Cleveland's [[RunningGag bathtub gags]], he hits the ground and claims he can't feel his legs, to which resident paraplegic Joe shouts "Welcome to the club!". He then realizes [[SubvertedTrope he can feel them after all]], much to Joe's disappointment.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' had this as a RunningGag involving the Flea.
-->'''The Flea:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson The Flea]] cannot feel his legs! Oh wait, here they are, right next to the Flea.\\
'''The Flea:''' The Flea cannot feel his arms! Oh wait, here they are, right next to the Flea.\\
'''Buena Girl:''' Flea, those are ''my'' arms.\\
'''The Flea:''' The Flea cannot feel his brain! Oh wait, here it is, [[WhoEvenNeedsABrain right next to the Flea]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Bon Bon the Birthday Clown", Marco falls off a ladder and lands on Star. He grabs the nearest leg and screams that he can't feel it, then Star says that's her leg.