A character in an animated work has no apparent hands, but yet still manages to pick things up and manipulate things as if he/she did. Some do have thumbs, some don't have thumbs, and some have thumbs appear when grasping something or gesturing, but disappear otherwise.
Tends to be present either western animation or anime. Can sometimes be a feature of a Super-Deformed
Subtrope of Invisible Anatomy
Anime and Manga
- The Azumanga Daioh characters in Art Shift mode.
- Doraemon doesn't have any visible fingers, yet he is able to do things normal people can do, with some minor appearance of his fingers.
- That's because he has a sticky-thing on each of his handnote . He also hates the fact that he can only play rock in rock, paper, scissors.
- Mesousa in Pani Poni Dash!. One of his many laments was that he had no thumbs or fingers of any kind, and could barely manipulate objects.
- One episode of Pokémon had Ash's Turtwig playing the drums despite having nubs for hands/hooves/feet.
- Puar the shape shifting cat from Dragon Ball.
- One Piece has Chopper, who doesn't have stubs for hands, but does have reindeer hooves. And while he can shapeshift into forms with hands, he prefers to do the majority of his medical work with his less-dexterous hooves. The author has made some attempt at explanation◊, but he shouldn't have human-levels of manipulation with his hooves like he seems to.
- Pucca doesn't have fingers, neither does anyone in Sooga. This was lampshaded when a character wanted to call on a phone but couldn't dial, when she asked how this works, the others only look at their own hands and answer "I don't know."
- Most BIONICLE characters prior to the '09 line of sets (which first introduced an original hand-piece) manipulated things with their unmoving "hands" in animation, if you can even call those pieces they had hands. Clenched fists, open palms, pointing finger — these were all accomplished by the same inarticulate LEGO piece. Even if a character had fingers, some animations still depicted objects simply sticking to their palms. Averted in the Direct-to-Video movies, in which they were given five, at times four-fingered hands. Strangely played straight in a scene from the first movie, however, when Takua uses a never-before seen magnetic force to pull a wooden staff to his palm. In fact Word of God claimed that when we don't see the characters using fingers, they utilize their magnetic abilities (also used for keeping their masks on their faces and backpacks on their backs, no matter what material they're made of).
- Kirby is able to wield swords, hammers, and umbrellas among other weaponry with his stubby little arms. The official art of Kirby And The Amazing Mirror does show his arms wrapped around objects and his cell phone only having two buttons, making it slightly more believable but in the game itself objects just hang on the end of his arms.
- Workers in Globulation, as the name implies, consist of a handful of blobs, but manage to cut trees, chip stone and make a lot of stuff up to what seems to be steam cannons.
- The Miis all lack fingers, but can handle objects like tennis rackets, baseball bats, bowling balls, and golf clubs very well. They can even drive.
- Several Pokémon, but notably Jigglypuff, who in the anime was able to hold and pull the cap off of a marker to draw on people's and Pokemon's faces after they fell asleep listening to its song. All with the lack of fingers.
- In Minecraft, the player's hand is a solid cube, yet able to hold and use items. (Although, if playing in first person, items float infront of you)
- All Chao, as well as Knuckles, who has mitten hands.
- Blockland has this trope in mind.
- Some Mario enemies like Shy Guys and Boos lack hands, but still grip their equipment just fine in the Mario Sports games. When someone asked Nintendo Power how this worked, they said that when they asked them how they gripped their tennis rackets in Mario Tennis, Shy Guy said something about a complex series of magnets while Boo just muttered something about "sticky ectoplasm".
- A common criticism of the first The Sims game.
- In the first Jet Set Radio, Gum and Pirahna look as if they're wearing mittens (although during graffiti segments, the hand holding the spray can now has fingers).
- Basically every single character in Animal Crossing. The human Player Character is portrayed without fingers, but still manages to do anything a normal human can do. And more obviously, all of the animal villagers can also do every mundane activity without trouble. How can a bird villager write with their wings? How can a deer villager use a fishing rod with their hooves? How can a cat villager use a bug-catching net with their paws? Smug-type villagers in New Leaf will even mention being able to play the acoustic guitar, even though they're a mouse, or koala, or horse, or...
- Characters in Fruit Incest don't seem to have fingers or toes for the most part. They will occasionally gain a finger or two for the sake of pointing, but any fingers not being currently used will simply appear as one giant mitten hand.