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** The ''Book of Vile Darkness'' has the "Grim Revenge" spell, used by undead caster, to sever (painfully) the hand of a living victim, and then animate it as an undead monstrosity bent on draining the lifeforce of its previous owner.
** TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms adds a lot of variations, such as Alcimer's Flying Fist or Daltim's Flaming Fist (the signature spell of a Halruaan [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary]] [[PlayingWithFire pyromancer]]: the same general idea, but [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]) and a few grasping and/or attacking claw variants, such as Caligarde's Claw and Manshoon's Xorn Talons. There are also more tricky and obscure spells like Halaster's Grappling Hand (door-sized force hand selectively intercepting magical attacks and creatures with magic items, but passing through non-magical matter) or Duhlark's Long Reach (large arm remotely formed from any present material that can grab, smash or pull ''and'' conducts spells like Spectral Hand).

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** The ''Book of Vile Darkness'' has the "Grim Revenge" ''grim revenge'' spell, used by undead caster, to sever (painfully) the hand of a living victim, and then animate it as an undead monstrosity bent on draining the lifeforce of its previous owner.
** Also from ''Book of Vile Darkness'', the spell ''Garz'zt's long grasp'' detaches the hand of the caster and sends it flying around. It can flank or grapple, though its main interest is to transmit touch spells, making it a superior (but riskier) version of ''spectral hand''.
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TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms adds a lot of variations, such as Alcimer's Flying Fist ''Alcimer's flying fist'' or Daltim's Flaming Fist ''Daltim's flaming fist'' (the signature spell of a Halruaan [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary]] [[PlayingWithFire pyromancer]]: the same general idea, but [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]) and a few grasping and/or attacking claw variants, such as Caligarde's Claw ''Caligarde's claw'' and Manshoon's Xorn Talons. ''Manshoon's xorn talons''. There are also more tricky and obscure spells like Halaster's Grappling Hand ''Halaster's grappling hand'' (door-sized force hand selectively intercepting magical attacks and creatures with magic items, but passing through non-magical matter) or Duhlark's Long Reach ''Duhlark's long reach'' (large arm remotely formed from any present material that can grab, smash or pull ''and'' conducts spells like Spectral Hand).

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* ''Film/TwiceToldTales'': In "The House of Seven Gables", Gerald is strangled by the skeletal hand of Matthew Moll which launches itself out of the safe and clamps itself around his throat.

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* ''WebAnimation/DingoDoodles'': The evil mad scientist witch-doctor Quinn-Ora is assisted in battle by nine floating severed hands from various creatures that have whips tied to each finger.


** There is also an unnamed recurring character (name is always given as a string of question marks) in a few games who is a ghostly hand.

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** There is also an unnamed Several games have a recurring character (name is always given as a string of question marks) in a few games who is a ghostly hand.undead hand that lives in a toilet and asks Link for paper for unknown reasons.


* The Floormaster and {{Wallmaster}} enemy types in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games resemble gigantic disembodied monster hands.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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The Floormaster and {{Wallmaster}} enemy types in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games resemble gigantic disembodied monster hands.hands.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has Zant's hands in the Palace of Twilight. Each hand holds one of the Sols that Link has to steal. When the Sol is removed from one of them it will come to life and try to take it back.
** There is also an unnamed recurring character (name is always given as a string of question marks) in a few games who is a ghostly hand.

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* In the stoner comedy Film/IdleHands, the main character severs his own demonically possessed right hand and microwaves it to stop the killing. [[FromBadtoWorse It only makes matters worse.]]

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*''VideoGame/{{Struggling}}'': After [[spoiler: [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext curing Amadeus' heart cancer]]]], he gifts Troy with the ability to separate and move his arms independently of their body.


** The detached Cyberman arm and octopus-head-thing in the episode "The Pandorica Opens". They even shoot out tranquilliser darts!
** An android does this when his hand blocks a door in "The Robots of Death". The person in the room later uses the hand against another [[spoiler: heroic]] android, which leads to the immortal line, "Please do not throw hands at me!"

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** The detached Cyberman arm and octopus-head-thing in the episode "The Pandorica Opens". They even shoot out tranquilliser darts!
** An android does this when his hand blocks a door in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath The Robots of Death". Death]]". The person in the room later uses the hand against another [[spoiler: heroic]] android, which leads to the immortal line, "Please do not throw hands at me!"me!"
** The detached Cyberman arm and octopus-head-thing in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]". They even shoot out tranquilizer darts!



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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[spoiler: Mechakara]]'s hand has to contain a stupendous amount of technology for [[spoiler:Lord Vyse]]'s escape plan to work -- technology that does not seem to serve much purpose being installed in a ''hand''. Of course, as it turns out, this is exactly what he needs, so ...

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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[spoiler: Mechakara]]'s hand has to contain a stupendous amount of technology for [[spoiler:Lord Vyse]]'s escape plan to work -- technology that does not seem to serve much purpose being installed in a ''hand''. Of course, as it turns out, this is exactly what he needs, so ...so...



** From the book ''Castle Death'', the Rahkos is a floating, undead hand fond of eating brains. Unfortunately for Lone Wolf, he's confronted to it in a NoGearLevel, and it's rather hard to put down without a magic weapon.

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** From the book ''Castle Death'', the Rahkos is a floating, undead hand fond of eating brains. Unfortunately for Lone Wolf, he's confronted to it in a NoGearLevel, and it's rather hard to put down for good without a magic weapon.



** The infamous "Hand of Sutekh" from the episode "Pyramids of Mars". While this is only really a stagehand's hand holding down Sutekh's cushion when he first stands up, it has become an in-joke among ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans.
** Played straight for a spell in the classic story "Hand of Fear".
** A living plastic mannequin's arm in the first episode of the new series tries to strangle the 9th Doctor.

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** The infamous "Hand of Sutekh" from the episode "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars". Mars]]". While this is only really a stagehand's hand holding down Sutekh's cushion when he first stands up, it has become an in-joke among ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Doctor Who'' fans.
** Played straight for a spell in the classic story "Hand "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear The Hand of Fear".
Fear]]".
** A living plastic mannequin's arm in the first episode of the new series series, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]", tries to strangle the 9th Doctor.Ninth Doctor.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E8TheHauntingOfVillaDiodati The Haunting of Villa Diodati]]": Lord Byron has, for very Byronic reasons, brought a 15th-century sailor's skeleton to the party in a chest. Its hands, and only its hands, are reanimated and escape. One of them tries to throttle Ryan, conveniently putting the idea of a duel out of Polidori's mind.



** "Bigby's Many Hands" line of spells, which summon the disembodied hands of, presumably, the Wizard Bigby, which do various "things" depending on the spell. Similar spells are "Mage's Hand", which is for non-combat purposes, the "Spectral Hand", and others, including one even called "Helping Hand".

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** "Bigby's Many Hands" line of spells, which summon the disembodied hands of, presumably, the Wizard Bigby, which do various "things" depending on the spell. Similar spells are "Mage's Hand", ''mage's hand'', which is for non-combat purposes, the "Spectral Hand", ''spectral hand'', and others, including one even called "Helping Hand".''helping hand''.

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-->'''Gomez Addams:''' That's the spirit, Thing! Lend a hand!

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* ''Film/{{Asylum}}'': In "Frozen Fear", Ruth's severed arm strangles her murderous husband Walter, and later attempts to strangle Walter's mistress Bonnie.

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* Sirene in ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' can detach her arms and control them independently of the rest of her body with psychic abilities. The 1990 OVA takes this up a notch by having the detached arm capable of [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning rotating at such high speed]] that it can become a DeadlyDisc while in flight.


* The first supernatural entity encountered in ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'' is a severed left arm reanimated by resentful energy, killing several people and replacing their left arms with itself in its quest to find its original body. When finally subdued, it demonstrates the ability to point to the locations of its other body parts like a compass, kickstarting the overarching mystery of the novel.

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* The first supernatural entity encountered in ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'' is a severed left arm reanimated by resentful energy, killing several people and replacing their left arms with itself in its quest to find its original body. When finally subdued, it demonstrates the ability to point to the locations of its other body parts like a compass, kickstarting the overarching scavenger hunt/murder mystery of the novel.


* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', Aralorn has to get rid of an undead arm by crossing running water, and she mentions that taking the arm with her might result in the undead reassembling itself wherever the arm is.
* Patchwork, a.k.a. Modular Woman, from the ''Literature/WildCards'' novels, can tear off her body parts and use them remotely. She had people plant her eyes and ear (she needed the other ear to communicate with others) where they could spy on her boss's enemies.



* C.H. (short for Crawling Hand) works as a masseur and bathhouse towel-boy in the fourth ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novel.
* In the 1838 penny dreadful ''Hugues, the Wer-Wolf'', a butcher who'd chopped the werewolf's hand off tries to get rid of the severed part by burying it or dropping it down a well, but it keeps turning up again at his home, as if it's crawling back when he's not watching. [[spoiler: A subversion, as it's strongly implied that his daughter is secretly retrieving it and planting it in her father's house, to punish him for maiming the werewolf with whom she's in love.]]
* In ''The Iron Man'' by Ted Hughes, published as ''The Iron Giant'' in the United States and very loosely adapted into the film of the same name, the title character arrives on Earth as a large collection of disassembled bits that then have to assemble themselves. The book example probably belongs here rather than in the Robots folder, as the titular Iron Man behaves more like a ''kaiju'' than a HumongousMecha.
* In ''Masques'', Aralorn has to get rid of an undead arm by crossing running water, and she mentions that taking the arm with her might result in the undead reassembling itself wherever the arm is.
* The first supernatural entity encountered in ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'' is a severed left arm reanimated by resentful energy, killing several people and replacing their left arms with itself in its quest to find its original body. When finally subdued, it demonstrates the ability to point to the locations of its other body parts like a compass, kickstarting the overarching mystery of the novel.



* In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', the [[BadGuyBar Old Pink Dog Bar]] is home to the disembodied hand of its former owner, who bequeathed it to medical science on his deathbed; medical science didn't like the look of it and bequeathed it back to the bar. It is characterised by a fierce loyalty to the bar and an eagerness to employ extreme violence against anyone who breaks the rules, such as [[FelonyMisdemeanor asking for credit]]. The current barman doesn't believe in the supernatural, but he knows a useful ally when he sees one.



* In ''The Iron Man'' by Ted Hughes, published as ''The Iron Giant'' in the United States and very loosely adapted into the film of the same name, the title character arrives on Earth as a large collection of disassembled bits that then have to assemble themselves. The book example probably belongs here rather than in the Robots folder, as the titular Iron Man behaves more like a ''kaiju'' than a HumongousMecha.



* In the 1838 penny dreadful ''Hugues, the Wer-Wolf'', a butcher who'd chopped the werewolf's hand off tries to get rid of the severed part by burying it or dropping it down a well, but it keeps turning up again at his home, as if it's crawling back when he's not watching. [[spoiler: A subversion, as it's strongly implied that his daughter is secretly retrieving it and planting it in her father's house, to punish him for maiming the werewolf with whom she's in love.]]
* C.H. (short for Crawling Hand) works as a masseur and bathhouse towel-boy in the fourth ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novel.
* In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', the [[BadGuyBar Old Pink Dog Bar]] is home to the disembodied hand of its former owner, who bequeathed it to medical science on his deathbed; medical science didn't like the look of it and bequeathed it back to the bar. It is characterised by a fierce loyalty to the bar and an eagerness to employ extreme violence against anyone who breaks the rules, such as [[FelonyMisdemeanor asking for credit]]. The current barman doesn't believe in the supernatural, but he knows a useful ally when he sees one.

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* In Patchwork, a.k.a. Modular Woman, from the 1838 penny dreadful ''Hugues, ''Literature/WildCards'' novels, can tear off her body parts and use them remotely. She had people plant her eyes and ear (she needed the Wer-Wolf'', a butcher who'd chopped the werewolf's hand off tries other ear to get rid of the severed part by burying it or dropping it down a well, but it keeps turning up again at his home, as if it's crawling back when he's not watching. [[spoiler: A subversion, as it's strongly implied that his daughter is secretly retrieving it and planting it in her father's house, to punish him for maiming the werewolf communicate with whom she's in love.]]
* C.H. (short for Crawling Hand) works as a masseur and bathhouse towel-boy in the fourth ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novel.
* In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', the [[BadGuyBar Old Pink Dog Bar]] is home to the disembodied hand of its former owner, who bequeathed it to medical science
others) where they could spy on his deathbed; medical science didn't like the look of it and bequeathed it back to the bar. It is characterised by a fierce loyalty to the bar and an eagerness to employ extreme violence against anyone who breaks the rules, such as [[FelonyMisdemeanor asking for credit]]. The current barman doesn't believe in the supernatural, but he knows a useful ally when he sees one.her boss's enemies.


* ''Literature/TheIronGiant'': The eponymous giant is shattered into pieces falling off a cliff in the opening page of the book. A single hand animates, picks up an eye and starts piecing the rest of the iron giant back together.

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* ''Literature/TheIronGiant'': ''Literature/TheIronMan'': The eponymous giant is shattered into pieces falling off a cliff in the opening page of the book. A single hand animates, picks up an eye and starts piecing the rest of the iron giant man back together.

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* ''Literature/TheIronGiant'': The eponymous giant is shattered into pieces falling off a cliff in the opening page of the book. A single hand animates, picks up an eye and starts piecing the rest of the iron giant back together.

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