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An art style in which characters are drawn with exaggeratedly long, thin torsos and limbs. This can look rather odd if animated. The term was coined in ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', although the term has also been picked up by the {{anime}} and {{manga}} fandom. Despite the floppy connotations of noodle-ness, character designs using this aesthetic frequently tend to be angular and pointy, especially around the joints (and, in anime and manga, possibly also the chins).

This tends to take one of two main forms:
* One step up from [[StickFigureComic stick figures]], where the torso has some thickness and heads and extremities have more realistic detail, but the arms and legs are essentially lines. This seems to be rather popular in gothic and emo art courtesy of Creator/TimBurton, and may apply to all the characters in a film, or just those emphasizing the ByronicHero or PerkyGoth traits. Example: Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* A style based on fashion illustration, where the characters are impossibly slender and long-limbed, but otherwise have more-or-less normal anatomy and musculature. Especially common in {{josei}} manga. More likely to apply to the entire cast (or at least the attractive characters). Often overlaps with {{bishounen}} and/or {{bishoujo}}. Example: Doumeki and Watanuki from ''XxxHOLiC''.

Has nothing to do with [[NoodleIncident incidents]] or [[NoodleImplements implements.]] If you wanted a trope about characters whose limbs have the flexibility of noodles, that's RubberHoseLimbs. Compare NothingButSkinAndBones, LeanAndMean. Contrast with PuniPlush. Frequently paired with CreepyLongFingers and/or CreepilyLongArms.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' uses this trope on occasion, whenever something rather jarring (usually PlayedForLaughs) is revealed. Is coupled with BlankWhiteEyes, QuiveringEyes, and {{Facefault}}.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'', to an extent, especially the more {{Bishounen}}-looking boys. Yahiro and Kuroh are straight examples. The women have flesh on them but are still impossibly leggy, and there are exceptions; more muscular, fat, or short men.
* Basso/ Natsume Ono [[http://vitaepropositum.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/d44.gif seems]] [[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/natsume-ono?before=1313937779 to]] [[http://www.punkednoodle.com/champloo/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Ono-003.jpg be]] [[http://shinkeikaku.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/nigeruotoko.jpg quite]] [[http://precur.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/kumonointeri.jpg fond]] [[http://www.punkednoodle.com/champloo/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Ono-001.jpg of]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3JOk5nB7axs/S7QEMDrwkMI/AAAAAAAAAnM/_cOYd1oFyOI/s1600/house-wallpaper1024x768%5B1%5D.jpg this.]]
* This style is most noticeable in Creator/{{CLAMP}} works ''XxxHolic'' and ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. Though not a style used in their earlier works, the stereotype has already set in, with these two being their most popular recent works. To a lesser extent, it's still there in their older stuff (e.g. ''TokyoBabylon''), which has occasionally been toned down due to the [[ArtShift difficulty of animating]]. It's just closer to being in line with the rest of anime's skinny, skinny waifs. It also turns up in ''CodeGeass'', which is not terribly surprising, considering its characters were designed by CLAMP.
* The series that Sunrise did immediately after ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', also has a decidedly noodly cast, this time designed by Yun Kouga (of ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' fame).
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'', though mostly just with women.
** Monkey D. Luffy is drawn in this style. Additionally, he has an elastic body, making him a noodle person on two levels. His noodliness seems to be inversely proportional to the seriousness of the scene. He has a much more defined shape and visible musculature whenever he's kicking butt, but in very comedic scenes he is so much of a noodle person that he doesn't always even have elbows or knees. However, Sanji is pretty much always a noodle man and Usopp is always a puppet/stick man (except recently when he got really fat, [[spoiler:and then after the TimeSkip where he got fairly muscular]]). Brook as well, and not just because he's a [[DemBones skeleton]] --he was just as skinny when he had flesh on those bones!
** Justified during the fight with Kalifa of CP-9. Her Awa Awa no Mi (Bubble Bubble Fruit) gave her the ability to "clean off" power. It also smooths out the curves of the target's body, making them look very noodle-like.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has most characters drawn with thin bodies, but ''very'' long arms and legs. The individual character designs have varied on being angular versus the Robber Hose - style limbs, but they're definitely spindly compared to the torso. Lupin is the skinniest, with Zenigata being the thickest.
%% * ''{{Nana}}''
* [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/download/452710/ Almost]][[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MCaX6jlxZhE/TTwu0korA2I/AAAAAAAAAA8/aVS1VmHgPC0/s1600/3191_1%252520%2528One%252520Shot%2529_JXNXP_-nakamura-asumiko-i-am-a-piano-page03-jpg.jpg every]] [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/download/493935/ work]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__0sLay3zBB8/SmsT5xImELI/AAAAAAAAAOM/a1pZY5nItRc/s1600-h/2008_02_1024.jpg of]] [[http://www.punkednoodle.com/champloo/2011/04/26/nakamura-asumikos-back-in-opera Nakamura]] [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkejajbSiq1qasmeyo1_1280.png?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1317837414&Signature=cOMe0P0XTIDSc3KdXwOMr%2FG0hIw%3D Asumiko.]] Really.
* ''NabariNoOu'': It doesn't start out this way, but gets considerably worse [[ArtEvolution towards the later volumes]].
* ''SpecialA''. Good gods, [[http://journal.mycom.co.jp/articles/2008/03/31/sa/index.html just look at the legs.]]
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', especially the schoolgirls.
* ''{{Manga/Loveless}}''
* This style was first popularized in anime by Creator/LeijiMatsumoto, though his more comedic characters are usually short and round.
* Mamoru Nagano also makes extensive use of it in his character designs. Even his HumongousMecha designs are often quite spindly, most notably the Jagd Mirage from ''TheFiveStarStories''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Most noticeable with Asuka and Rei in their plugsuits; just look at the torsos. Although not that that distracting on screen, [[http://freewill.cyrem.org/life-size-eva-01-asuka-and-rei/ these life size figures]] [[UncannyValley can be quite disturbing]]. There's also [[http://s3images.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/180470_otaDpMmtE8ssmCfW1JFOkI27k.jpg the Evas themselves.]] Their proportions are so slim, if their origin didn't let them ignore [[SquareCubeLaw the laws of nature]], they would be unable to ''stand''.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' the heroes are all way skinnier then most shows would make them, the thickest is [[TheBigGuy Jet]], and it is most notable in Spike and Ed. A [[WatsonianVersusDoylist watsonian explanation]] could be the Bebop crew's chronic lack of food, and Spike's highly athletic lifestyle. The doylist reason is that many are expies taken from ''Franchise/LupinIII'', especially Spike with his long legs. Ed, having no previous incarnation, is the one who is pure noodle for noodle's sake.
* Since author Kaoru Shintani once worked as an assistant to Creator/LeijiMatsumoto, the characters of ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' tend to be rail-thin. Especially noticeable with women and [[{{Bishonen}} Saki and Shin]].
* The characters of the lesser-known mangaka, Hakase Mizuki. [[http://www.minitokyo.net/Mizuki+Hakase Just look at some of them!]] Half of them ''must'' be walking on stilts.
* Humans in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
* ''StarDriver'', likely taking influence from CLAMP.
* ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''
* MohiroKitoh usually draws his characters like this.
* The ''Manga/SailorMoon'' girls are of the fashion-illustration inspired, long-limbed and willowy {{bishoujo}} look when drawn by Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, and are quite leggy in proportion to their body size.
** This is especially [[ExaggeratedTrope pronounced]] in ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', the AnimatedAdaptation where the character designs more closely [[ArtShiftedSequel match]] the source material in an effort to be TruerToTheText, but also ''lack'' the manga's periodic lapses into cartoonier, SuperDeformed states.
* The female characters of ''SpaceBattleshipYamato''/''StarBlazers''. Starsha in particular looks impossibly gawky in an elegant sort of way.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': It doesn't start out this way, but gets considerably worse [[ArtEvolution towards the later volumes]]. Just compare between the [[https://sphotos-a-pao.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1238072_414551528646555_1970172208_n.jpg beginning]] and [[https://sphotos-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1175713_416872671747774_1247408390_n.jpg current]] volumes.
* Kouta Hirano of {{Hellsing}} does something like this; his characters tend to be very streched. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, his thick-lined, angular style still give limbs a lot of weight despite their elongated proportions.
* The drawings of ''HajimeNoIppo'' evolved into a variation of this over time: during fights, the characters have a muscular torso but impossibly thin limbs. Especially glaring during the fight between [[spoiler: Itagaki and Saeki]], or in Mashiba's later fights.
* Most human characters in {{Pokemon}} (at least the anime).
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni''
* A staple of [[Creator/AiYazawa Ai Yazawa's]] art style, as evidenced [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/paradise-kiss-2370301_8118.jpg here.]]
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* The art period known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannerism Mannerism]]. Most notable offenders:
** Parmigianino: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Girolamo_Francesco_Maria_Mazzola_-_Madonna_with_the_Long_Neck.jpg Madonna with the long neck.]]
** El Greco: [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Saint_Martin_and_the_Beggar_%28c1597-1600%29_by_El_Greco_-_Chicago.jpg Saint Martin and the beggar.]]
* [[http://www.dailyartfixx.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Diego-Alberto-Giacometti.jpg Alberto]] [[http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/blind-spot/ Giacometti]] [[http://www.dailyartfixx.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Walking-Man-Alberto-Giacometti.jpg anyone?]]
** [[http://www.dailyartfixx.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Dog-Alberto-Giacometti-1951.jpg He didn't only do noodle people though.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* JhonenVasquez as said above, utilizes noodle people. This is especially evident in his comics ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac, Squee!,'' and ''I Feel Sick''. It's less noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', where most of the characters are either children or very short, but it can be seen at times when adults appear. Apparently Happy Noodle Boy himself doesn't count.
** Hell, Jhonen ''himself'' is pretty close to a RealLife example.
* Most of the ''[[ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' characters. Ash Mongoose is probably the most extreme in this regard.
* Foo Swee Chin (a.k.a. [=FSc=]) art style consist of this. As seen in ''ComicBook/NightmaresAndFairyTales'' and her own comic [=MuZz=].
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' film tells the story of The Three Brothers with CGI animation in this style: nearly everyone looks as skinny as the skeletal GrimReaper.
* Just about every Creator/TimBurton stop-motion film.
* The freakish Medeiros girl in ''Film/{{REC}}''.
* The [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070516181400/starwars/nl/images/d/d9/Kaminoan.jpg Kaminoans]] from ''Film/StarWarsAttackOfTheClones''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The {{Music/Gorillaz}}, excluding [[GentleGiant Russell]] and child-Noodle. It's most noticeable with 2D and adult/teen Noodle (who's aptly named).
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* DependingOnTheArtist the [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Eldar]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' may qualify. Some versions are very lean but still normal-looking by human standards while others are monstrously spindly creatures whose sleek, high tech armor is just as bulky on them as a SpaceMarine's titanic PowerArmor is on a human frame.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Betty Spaghetti doll line, as the name suggest the characters limbs are extremely thin and flexible.
* The girls from ''Franchise/MonsterHigh''
** Taken a step further with the spin off ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' who are even skinnier.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Somewhat with the Mudokons of ''{{Oddworld}}''.
* A good majority of the characters in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, including the eponymous character himself, especially after ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': The official art for the game was like this, especially when it came to any female characters. The in-game art, however, is for the most part an aversion.
* All but the grossly obese characters from Tim Schafer's ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' look like this, most notably Raz's dad. Hell, even the fat people have really noodly limbs.
* Most of the slim characters in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''; the main exception is Luka, and only because of layers of clothing obscuring his body.
* Thinner [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Miis]] count, when their limbs are visible.
* Everyone in ''TheDishwasher'', including the title protagonist. The incredible amount of violence in the game, in addition to the monochrome art style, certainly is evocative of JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' uses this style. The characters aren't just stylistically thin, but wiry with a bit of muscle tone.
* All of the human characters in the arcade game ''VideoGame/RollingThunder'' are drawn in this style.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' has a [[http://vert-is-ninja.deviantart.com/art/Next-To-You-I-m-Really-Short-151903123 decidedly noodley style,]] although it's at least justified in the case of [[TheUndead Zombie]] because he's sort of... dead and emaciated.
* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'''s art is like this.
* The "[[ArtShift Hero Mode]]" versions of the characters in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', which are more typical drawn panels, as opposed to sprites. See [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004032 here]] and the page immediately following for a good comparison.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'''s [[http://zoophobiacomic.com/?p=500 style]] is noodley for all characters, not just people.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/TimBurton used such a style for the puppets in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' and ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''. He also draws like this, judging by his various storyboards.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'', big time. The long limbs and large chests of the characters in the show were perhaps due to the action being set on a planet, not very Earthlike, with low gravity and thin air. Admittedly, that's probably an EpilepticTree, but a ''petit mal'' one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'': Everyone, excluding the fat people. Just look at them.
* The normal human characters in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', as well as Katz.
* Classic {{Disney}} characters like Goofy (especially Goofy) and Mickey Mouse.
* All the characters in ''ClassOf3000'' exhibit this due to the "no straight lines allowed" art style, but Sunny Bridges and Philly Phil in particular.
* Most characters on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Even the overweight ones have noodle-like limbs.
* Most characters on ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* Darn near everyone in ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' varies this with many of its humanoid characters. Finn and Jake have noodle limbs but relatively stout torsos. Princess Bubblegum and Marceline are both fully noodled, as is Ice King, although his loose robe usually hides it. Flame Princess is the only humanoid regular with normal weight all over.
* The humanized ponies of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' are quite slender, even more-so than their original pony selves.
* The kids of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', with wide heads to boot.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Rem and Ryuk, two of the {{Shinigami}} from ''Manga/DeathNote'' kinda look like this, especially compared to the human characters.
* Alan Gabriel in ''Anime/TheBigO''.
* Yoite (and Miharu, sort of) in ''NabariNoOu''.
* Nnoitra Gilga of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Megumi Shimizu from ''{{Shiki}}''. Actually, most Shiki characters, exceptions being two of the nurses.
* Done terrifyingly in ''Manga/TheEnigmaOfAmigaraFault''. What makes it scary? [[spoiler:The art style is very realistic, meaning that the characters ''actually look like that'', and they ''started out normal-looking''.]]
* [[LuckyStar Meito Anisawa]] and his assitant are ironic examples, being the only ones in an otherwise [[PuniPlush plush-like]] world.
* Crona from ''Manga/SoulEater''. It's apparently a result of being DeniedFoodAsPunishment a lot.
** A lot of people [[ArtShift start looking like this]] when they give into [[PowerBornOfMadness Madness]]. A good example is Maka's second battle with Crona. When she starts using Madness to tune into Crona's soul, she begins to be drawn much more loosely, with her joints seeming to bend in impossible ways in the same way Crona's do on a regular basis, which suggests it overlaps with LimpAndLivid.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Dream of the Endless. And his servant/librarian/confidant Lucien is even taller than him. About half the other Endless - Desire, Death, and Delirium, specifically - fall into this [[DependingOnTheArtist at least in some illustrations]].
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Reed Richards, RubberMan extraordinaire, whose power very often manifests itself in a very noodly manner.
* Mercury of the MetalMen. Justified in that he is a robot. In fact, he loses his noodliness when the team got remoulded into human forms in a {{retool}} late into their original run.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Spike, Snoopy's brother from ''{{Peanuts}}''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': The Na'Vi. They're basically 12-foot-tall, hairless blue bipedal lemurs.
* The [[spoiler:original "zombie"]] in ''Film/{{REC}}''. The actor is Javier Botet, and he is that tall and lanky because of Marfan syndrome. The rest were just well applied makeup and great acting.
** He's also been [[http://pinacho.tumblr.com/post/19620924032/fluzo-adventure-time-con-javier-botet-y-alberto documented]] [[OneOfUs cosplaying]] as ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime another]]'' notable [[RubberHoseLimbs hose-limbed]] character.
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has Mike Teavee. He's overstretched to ten feet tall in the novel and this fate is implied for him in the 1971 movie, but the 2005 movie actually shows how "skinny" he ended up ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IEqMxnegtk&feature=related at 5:20 in the video]]). Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QE0kASkdvA Charlie himself]] in the GameBoyAdvance game.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has several examples. The titular character is as thin as a rod, but several other characters, like Wybie and her father, are squat and rotund. The Other Mother starts out with the ([[MaleGaze nice]]) legs of Coraline's real mother but gradually turns into a [[NightmareFuel grotesque spider-like creature]]. Then there's Bobinski, who is quite fat but has absurdly spindly limbs, the exact opposite of what you'd expect from someone so agile.
* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' The first alien out the door is spidery, raises his long arms in greeting... and is never seen again. The reason is because that particular alien was a separately-filmed marionette and the incredibly bright lights behind were required to hide the strings. Putting it in with everything else was beyond 1970's technology.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/GentlemanOfTheRoad'', one of the protagonists, Zelikman, is described as looking like a "slight, thin-shanked fellow" and a "scarecrow".
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', is extremely tall at close to seven feet tall and lean, occasionally being compared to a basketball player in build.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ron, Percy, and Arthur are all described as tall, gangly, and quite thin. Ron probably loses most of his noodle status after the fifth book, though.
* Melissa Marr's [[WickedLovely Faery Court]] series features the Scrimshaw Sisters, faeries who are very tall and appear to be literally NothingButSkinAndBones.
* In the ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' book franchise, a lot of characters are described as being very skinny. The most prominent being Hiccup, Camicazi and Fishlegs.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Morticia in ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', especially the original Creator/CharlesAddams cartoons in ''The New Yorker''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Takadox from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', modeled after a mantis and being built around a single LEGO Technic beam. The likewise insect-based Krika and bat-based Chirox with their CreepilyLongArms and thin legs are runners-up.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Waluigi of the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, who takes the comparatively thin build of his counterpart Luigi and vastly exaggerates it to this extent.
* [[HumanoidAbomination The Tall Man]] of the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''. Couple this with his extreme height, speed and strength, and he's pretty efficient NightmareFuel.
* You can create your very own Noodle Rocker in ''VideoGame/RockBand'' just by setting the weight slider to minimum in the character creator. It'll give even the shortest characters skinny little stick-limbs, although only the ones who're also tall get the full Noodle Person effect.
** This isn't really possible anymore in ''Rock Band 3''; the character creator was overhauled to be more detailed and realistic, so the characters can't be quite as skinny as they were in the previous games. Also, all the men have fairly bulky shoulders and upper torsos even if they're at the minimum for weight and muscle, although the female characters can still be quite twiglike.
* While the in-game art for ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' mostly averted this (though the official art did not), Reala is still oddly long and skinny. Her neck is a quite bad offender; it doesn't look like it should be able to hold up her head.
* IMMeen is very gangly. All the better to dance around and sing about clever children, I suppose.
* The Grey Jacks in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' are giant spindly aliens; the Grims somewhat fill this role in the sequel.
* Miror B. of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' fame. He's by far the thinnest character seen in a ''Pokémon'' game, and is about two heads taller than the main character. The thinness of his arms/legs/body makes his absolutely massive afro even more comical.
* Katy Kat in ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'': Her torso is only about twice as wide as her [[FunnyAnimal tail]].
* While most of the characters of ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' are on the thin side, [[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten Valvatorez]] may very well be made of pipe cleaners.
* Yoyo in ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio Future'' has very thin arms and legs.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Elezen]] race of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are noted for their tall and slim physiques, and extraordinarily long limbs. This is described as an evolutionary adaption to their native environments.
* Mordecai in the VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} series is incredibly thin... which makes it odd that he favors huge sniper rifles and heavy pistols, overlapping with MusclesAreMeaningless.
* In ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey IV'', the Vessels are extremely thin, and [[SquishyWizard just as frail as they appear]]. This contrasts them with the hardy [[BeastMan Sentinels]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* SaladFingers.
* The Whites from ''WebAnimation/LuckyDayForever''. This was used in their design to show that Whites are inhuman in comparison to the Proles.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Anna in ''Webcomic/AndersLovesMaria'', contrasting with the more realistic build of the other characters.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]]. At least there's only one of him. [[ParanoiaFuel Probably.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The main characters in ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors''.
* [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Larry Needlemeyer]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''.
* Dee Dee in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* Mirage from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Seriously, just take a look at her!
* Olive Oyl in ''{{Popeye}}''
* Dr. Facilier from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has this design, in contrast to all the other human characters, who are more realistically proportioned. Both the frogs also take on this proportion when standing upright, but that's because they're ''frogs''.
** The same goes for [[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Jafar]]
*** Many Disney villians can fit on this trope, there's even [[LeanAndMean a specific entry for them.]]
* Most of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''.
* Gretchen Grundler on ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* The mysterious entity known as Paddywhack on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had a normal sized torso, but disproportionately long legs and arms - so much so he needed to bend double to be in the same frame as Darkwing and Quackerjack.
* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', including [[TheStarscream Starscream]], are quite long and wiry compared to the other cast members.
* Pearl in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''.
* Rudy and Penny during the first season of ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', especially Rudy. Starting in season two when the show switched overseas animation departments from Galaxy Digimation and Creator/RoughDraftStudios to Creator/SunwooEntertainment and Creator/WangFilmProductions, the two become a little more realistically proportioned (for the show's art style).
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