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- The Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubemen car salesmen use on occasion probably qualify, as their entire bodies act like this.
Anime & Manga
- Guu in Haré+Guu usually has no elbows or hands. This is a deliberate choice to emphasize Guu's other-world-ness.
- Azumanga Daioh: Sakaki turns all noodly when she goes to pet the cat.
- Excel in Excel Saga does this whenever she gets excited, which is to say, all the time.
- So does Poemi in the spiritual successor Puni Puni Poemi
- Luffy in One Piece — he actually is made of rubber.
- Kuro from Kodomo no Jikan displays an extreme version of this during one of the show's endings.
- Happens quite a bit in Yotsuba&!.
- Fuu from Tamayura undergoes this when she becomes scared or excited.
- Leeron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann occasionally has these, particularly in the more comical scenes. He even has rubber hose fingers.
- Jyuushimatsu seems to have these by default in Osomatsu-san to go along with his Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies.
- Happens to quite a few characters in Uzumaki, although the effects are significantly more serious than in most other works.
Films — Animation
- The opening of The Triplets of Belleville, which is homaging pre-1935 animation style.
- Done intentionally in Horton Hears a Who!, where all the citizens of Whoville have gangly, slippery arms - the mayor can bend his arm into a perfect spiral.
- The Anthropomorphic Food characters in Sausage Party all have rubber limbs. Granted, as most of the foods are drawn with plane black stick figure limbs.
- Used in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie to simulate Dav Pilkey's art style from the books.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Mask, The Mask gets rubber hose limbs during the "El Pachuco" dance number.
- Sonic the Hedgehog. His original design is based on Mickey Mouse.
- In Splatoon, the humanoid Jellyfish that wander Inkopolis have wildly flexible limbs, those being their tentacles, that they can even extend. As for the most of the rest of the species around, it is actually inverted; despite the fact that almost all of the known species are humanoid invertebrates, the squid-based Inkling protagonists included, they have clearly defined limbs.
- The titular character from Dropsy has rubber hose arms, which is just one of the things that sets him apart from any other characters in the game who all have normal arms.
- Bendy and the Ink Machine: the titular Bendy and his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Boris the Wolf are drawn like this as an homage to these kinds of cartoons, particularly black-and-white Disney shorts.
- Mettaton of Undertale is a robot whose arms are basically long, flexible pipes with White Gloves for hands. He does not have distinct elbows or wrists so much as just places that bend.
- Being a very deliberate homage to the 1920s and 1930s era of cartoons, the animation of Cuphead is full of this. Characters have very fluid animations but not much in the way of distinct joints. There's often the implications of knees or elbows, but very little that follows the laws of anatomy.
- Homestar Runner
- Bubs originally had jointed limbs, but they eventually became rubber hose limbs.
- Strong Bad also has them from time to time.
- Everyone in the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures is drawn with these.
- Used all over the Flash Tub, such as with the titular "Gaming Guyz", and is the basis for a lot of disturbing gags.
- This is the art style used by Thought Cafe when illustrating humans and animals, an animation studio best known for its extensive work with the educational YouTube series Crash Course.
- Kate Beaton's comics.
- The trollface comic took it Up to Eleven, forever associating "schwoopy-loopy limbs" with the meme.
- Some strips of minus. gives these to the eponymous character. In this case, it's wholly intentional, to show how wrong her movements have become.
- Tove: Dag's arms are extremely bendy and can even curl, which stands out when compared to Tove, whose arms move fairly realistically. Femhamu's arms are a bit bendy as well, although it's justified as he's part of an alien race.
- Characters in the animated "Thought Bubble" segments of the Crash Course series are animated this way.
- The Mr. Men, especially Mr. Tickle.
- Olive Oyl from Popeye is like a walking pipe cleaner.
- Referenced in an episode of The Simpsons, where Homer is mimicking Popeye while Marge calls for help and randomly starts flailing her wobbly arms like Olive Oyl.
- Gumby's legs, and those of his horse, Pokey. Justified here though as they're made of clay.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Hill Billy"; when Billy cheers up the chicken juggler Uncle Chokey, he uses some sort of magical record player to turn the world around them into an old-timey cartoon (complete with Grim doing an homage to The Skeleton Dance), and Billy quips "Hey Mandy, I'm from the rubberhose school of animation!"
- Mickey Mouse, his predecessor, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Felix the Cat, Flip the Frog - basically any cartoon character created before 1935 will have these, as it was the standard style at the time. The 1929 Walt Disney Silly Symphonies The Skeleton Dance does this — even on the skeletons, which looks pretty odd!
- A major exception is Betty Boop, notable for being the first character with anything resembling proper anatomy. (She couldn't have been the original Ms. Fanservice otherwise.) She had these in her earliest appearances, but got proper elbows as part of her general humanization.
- Spongebob Squarepants has these from time to time, as he is an invertebrate. The same thing applies to Squidward's tentacles, especially during his dance in "Culture Shock".
- The Fairly OddParents! episode "The Good Ol' Days!", where Timmy and his grandpa become '30s cartoon characters.
- The Powerpuff Girls
- The Marvelous Misadventuresof Flapjack has several human characters, mostly the title character of Flapjack, with this. Like this.
- This happens from time to time on The Ren & Stimpy Show.
- The entire cast of Adventure Time.
- Oddly enough, when Jake gets his shape-shifting powers taken away, his body suddenly has properly jointed limbs, though this is never an issue with powerless characters like Finn.
- Although in the episode "The Creeps," Princess Bubblegum's arms are randomly more realistic than in other episodes.
- One might say this show brought about a renaissance for this art style, as it has been imitated since.
- This is seen on Fanboy and Chum Chum quite regularly, even within a few seconds of the show's opening.
- Joe Swanson from Family Guy has legs which seem to follow no real joints due to being a paraplegic. It makes sense.
- Everyone in WordGirl.
- Used on occasion in Tiny Toon Adventures, especially the Kennedy Cartoons animated episodes.
- The Warden in Superjail! has these, which makes him stand out as looney even more amongst the normal-jointed inhabitants of the rest of the world.
- Zig-zagged in The Amazing World of Gumball: most of the 2D characters have hose-like arms, but depending on the scene they may gently curve, bend at angles with distinguishable elbows, or some combination thereof. In general, anyone who wears clothes over at least part of their arm (the Wattersons minus Darwin) tends usually bent arms, while those who don't (Principal Brown, Tobias, Penny) tend toward curved arms. Some of the 3D characters (including Anton and Banana Joe) also use a version of this trope where their arms are just rubber lines that bend at curves only.
- Characters in Gravity Falls who have thin limbs often make use of this. Lampshaded in the episode Fight Fighters:
Dipper: What was I thinking? I can't fight! I've never been in a fight before! Look at these noodle arms! [his arms make a wavy motion]
- Popper Phillip Chbeeb can create this illusion with his arms.