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"Where's the rest of me?"

Essentially, limb loss as dramatic device. Can come about in a variety of ways:

  1. Self-amputation: The character deliberately removes the limb themselves, under duress or otherwise.
  2. Accident: The loss is accidental, or occurs during battle.
  3. Deliberate: Another person/entity deliberately rips, cuts or otherwise separates the limb from the owner. It may happen in battle, but it's not a type 3 unless the amputation was deliberate.

May be the predecessor to Artificial Limbs, Arm Cannon, Hook Hand or Swiss Army Appendage. Frequently appears in the backstory of a Handicapped Badass. If played for laughs it's Only a Flesh Wound. Characters with Appendage Assimilation will simply stitch a new appendage on the gaping hole. If it's a severed hand, expect it to be be used in a Dead-Hand Shot.

Interestingly enough, you almost never see a limb actually sewn back to the body of the victim, which is probably the most sensible thing you can do once deprived of it (provided that you're able to retrieve the lost limb in a reasonable amount of time and keep it in sanitary conditions). And while this is actually a well known, albeit rare occurrence in surgery with a decent ratio of success in terms of restoring partial or even full limb mobility (at least considering the complexity of the procedure; there is a lot of stuff that needs to be joined back together in your hand mind you, not to mention the constant time pressure), most people are unaware of it and would probably ridicule the very idea.

Note that this trope only applies when limb loss is deliberately used to advance the plot. It does not apply to pre-existing conditions or incidental carnage amongst background characters. If the incident leading to the loss is featured in a flashback by all means include it, but if we only see the character after it happens it doesn't count.

Compare Knee-capping and Agony of the Feet. Fake Arm Disarm is a bloodless version of this trope, while Literal Disarming is this trope done for the explicit purpose of removing someone's ability to fight or wield weapons. If the injury specifically represents or comments upon some aspect of the character it counts as Symbolic Mutilation.

Arranged by medium as usual, but please note what type it is at the beginning of the entry.


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  • In Kill la Kill, Nui Harime suffers the loss of both arms thanks to Ryuko. Par for the course, /a/ was quick to give the perfect response.
  • In Ao no Fuuin, Takao cuts off his own left leg when it gets crushed under a boulder.
  • All over Hunter × Hunter, often to show the large difference in power two characters fighting have.
    • Hisoka allows one of his opponents two rip off both his arms so it would be easier for Hisoka to beat him. He later has them reattached by Machi from the Genei Ryodan.
    • Kite loses an arm when Neferpitou attacks him after jumping at him from miles away.
    • The Chimera ant King attempts to use a life or death game to unnerve his opponent and has it back fire and make him feel like he was the one lacking life and death resolve. To apologize for trying to use this tactic, he rips off his own arm to the horror of everyone.
    • Meruem easily cuts off one of Netero's legs and arm, showing just how outmatched Netero was.
    • Main character Gon loses an arm when Neferpitou's Nen-animated corpse lunges at his back while he's distracted. Without missing a beat, Gon pinned the corpse down using his own torn off arm.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The series has had two types among multiple characters, the better to show off the universe's automail Artificial Limbs. Edward Elric, the main character had his leg taken away from him by Truth as a "equivalent exchange" and then deliberately sacrificed his right arm to bring back his brother's soul (who lost his body for the same reason) so he got a type 1 and 3. Also one character hacks off her own (already all but severed) arm and attaches it to a stray dog to throw off Bradley's scent. Those are the two biggest characters we see it happen to, but several more have it as part of their back story.
    • Wrath gets both of his arms blown off by Scar. He still manages to get in the last blow of the battle despite this.
    • In the 2003 anime, Scar lost both his arms after Kimblee causes an giant explosion.
    • Paninya lost her legs in a train crash, making her a type 2. Her main motivation is to pay back the automail mechanic who built them for her.
    • The Rockbells' dog, Den, lost a leg for unknown reasons, presumably type 2.
  • Thanks to the warriors' regenerative abilities, this happens on a routine basis in Claymore:
    • Irene loses an arm to Priscilla, turning her into a Handicapped Badass when she survives the battle.
    • Clare loses an arm to Ophelia, but Irene then cuts off her own remaining arm and gives it to Clare as a replacement.
    • Deneve's most impressive limb-loss to date was when she ripped off her own zombie-infected arm and chucked it at the enemy.
    • Priscilla cut off her own arm after shoving it through Raki's shoulder, and it has now become a MacGuffin after falling into the hands of the Organization.
  • A Certain Magical Index.
    • Touma Kamijou has his Imagine Breaker right arm sliced off by Aureolus Izzard in an attempt to depower him. However, there is a dragon that lives inside his body that is normally sealed by Imagine Breaker, and it emerges from the stump to scare Aureolus half to death. After the battle, his arm is re-attached.
    • Shizuri Mugino's left arm gets disintegrated when it gets caught in her own energy blast. This is part of the reason why she sought revenge against Shiage Hamazura for causing that and she creates an artificial arm out of her Meltdowner energy to use as a weapon. She eventually gets a cybernetic arm.
    • In Touma's later battle against Fiamma of the Right, Imagine Breaker got cut off again, then Fiamma assimilated the arm in an attempt to gain the power of Imagine Breaker. The dragon emerges from the stump, but Touma recalled it and his arm grew back, which also made the power Fiamma stole from him return.
    • Fiamma of the Right gets his right arm blown off by Aleister Crowley. It doesn't grow back and the loss partially destabilizes Fiamma's powers.
    • Touma loses Imagine Breaker again in Baggage City, at Othinus's hands. However, Othinus easily defeats the dragon that emerges and would have killed Touma if Ollerus and Fiamma hadn't rescued him. After the battle, his arm grows back.
    • Kakeru Kamisato uses his World Rejecter ability to rip off Touma's right arm off and send it to another dimension. The dragon emerges and drives him off, then Touma's arm grows back.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Touma has his Imagine Breaker arm disintegrated by Mikoto's out of control powers. The dragon emerges and seals Mikoto's powers before returning to Touma's body and his arm growing back.
  • Vision of Escaflowne: Lord Folken's arm was bitten off by a dragon as he failed the initiation ritual to become King.
  • Blame!: Killy gets his arm ripped off whenever he fires his GBE at too high a setting. His Healing Factor allows him to reattach it every time, though.
  • Bleach: Yamamoto sacrifices his arm in battle to blow up Aizen. After Aizen is eventually defeated, Yamamoto never seeks help in having the arm replaced or restored, both of which are possible. When he and Yhwach meet in battle for the first time in a thousand years, Yhwach tells him that he's become weak and is no longer the formidable opponent Yhwach remembers. To Yhwach, Yamamoto's missing arm represents the loss of Yamamoto's ruthless, thuggish nature which is what made him so dangerous in the past. Yamamoto's refusal to ask Orhime to restore his lost arm is what Yhwach cites as the reason why he so easily defeats Yamamoto and steals his Bankai. The defeat of Yamamoto sets off a chain of events that changes the entire direction of the Gotei 13, and opens the Royal Realm to being conquered.
  • In Elfen Lied, this happens a LOT. Massive pain is the only thing that disrupts the concentration of Diclonii strongly enough to keep them from using their telekinetic powers and ripping off limbs is the only way to subdue them without immediately killing them. In the case of Lucy, she also enjoys the torture. Heads and internal organs also occasionally go flying.
    • There is the famous scene where Nana lose all of her four limbs to Lucy.
    • Mariko's right arm is blown up by mother-figure Saito, who she just ripped in half.
    • Bando's right arm is ripped off by Lucy. But that's not as bad as his eyes.
    • Due to self-defense, the DNA personality of Lucy has ripped an arm of Kurama off.
    • Lucy's arm melts down first before the rest of her body does.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!.
    • Negi gets an arm cut off while fighting Kagetarou and gets it re-attached later.
    • Later on, a flashback reveals that Jack Rakan, got both his arms cut off when Ala Rubra fought the Lifemaker. Even later, both his legs and arms are erased from existence by Fate's Reality Warper powers. He uses his artifact to summon Armor legs and arms and keeps fighting until he's wholly erased. When Rakan is Back from the Dead, his limbs are back with him as well.
  • In Negima's sequel series UQ Holder!, Touta gets his arm lopped off by a bounty hunter in the first chapter. Fortunately, an Emergency Transformation allows him to regenerate it. Then he gets it bitten off again by a giant carnivorous creature... and can't regenerate it because it technically still exists, just being very slowly digested. He has to hunt down and kill the monster to get it back.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers, Ginga Nakajima loses her left hand during her battle against the Numbers Cyborgs. Jail Scaglietti replaced it with an arm that could extend and spin as a drill after he captures her.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • One of the Angels almost kills Shinji after severing an arm of Eva-01. Since the Evas are controlled through neural interfaces, he feels all the pain as it was his own arm. Then the soul of the robot awakens and takes control and Eva-01 rips an arm off the Angel and uses it to replace its own.
    • Asuka's arm got sliced in half when she was being slaughtered by the MP-Evas.
    • Touji lost an arm and a leg after the fight against Bardiel.
    • Rei rips Gendou's arm off when he tries to get her to cause Instrumentality.
  • In The AnimatrixThe Second Renaissance Part II, during a battle sequence, a gigantic battle robot rips open a mecha to get at the human inside. Metal tentacles snake in and coil around his limbs, and then rip him away from them as he screams.
  • Guts of Berserk loses part of his left arm to the demons during the Eclipse when a demon with a set of impressive choppers clamps down on it, and he has to chisel it off with what's left of his weapon to free himself so he can save Casca from being raped by Griffith as Femto. He fails in this endeavor due to being dogpiled by monsters and getting his eye clawed out soon after freeing himself, though that doesn't make the moment any less badass.
  • Gunslinger Girl:
    • Several of the girls suffered Type 3s before being cyborgized as Type 1s, and occasionally get Type 2s in the course of their missions.
    • Happens literally when the Turin nuclear plant is seized by terrorists. When Triela slips out of a duct, she gets an arm and a leg blown off by Barrett .50 anti-tank rifles.
  • In Texhnolyze, Ichise gets poked in the eye in the first episode by a women who hired him for sexual services, causing him to defend himself using his fists. Unfortunately for him, that woman belongs to a major criminal organisation, which retaliates by cutting off his right arm and his left leg. He later gets some Artificial Limbs.
  • Squalo from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! cuts off his left hand to better understand the techniques of the previous sword emperor.
  • The work of Shirow Masamune has several examples, usually to show just how badass his cyborg heroines are.
    • Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell is the Queen of this trope:
      • Type 1: In the first movie Motoko rips her own arms off trying to pry open a tank.
      • In Man Machine Complex a different Motoko (Motoko Aramaki, Motoko Kusanagi's "daughter" made from cloned tissue, cybernetics and borrowed memories) ejects an arm after it becomes infected by a computer virus.
      • Type 2: Motoko gets an an arm blown off during a kidnapping attempt in the original manga. Being a full-body replacement cyborg it doesn't slow her down much, nor is it permanent. She gets half of her head blown off in Ghost in the Shell 1.5 to much the same effect.
      • In the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex she loses her left arm fighting an Axe-Crazy mook in an armored suit, making her so angry she hammers it repeatedly with point blank shots from an antitank rifle (cocking and firing it one handed) until the operator begs for mercy. After all the times she's lost a limb, she gets to rage a bit.
      • Later in Stand Alone Complex Togusa pulls an arm off a Villain of the Week with a judo throw. It turns out to be a ploy because the arm is rigged with a bomb to cover her escape.
    • A type 2 in Dominion Tank Police; gynoid Anna Puma gets her arm burned off at the shoulder by the tank police and then objects to Leona characterizing her as a "mechanical love doll" based on the mechanical wreckage that's left.
  • In Toriko the titular character loses his arm in the fight with Tommyrod. It took him over half a year (in-story) to regrow it, via some potentially lethal and very agonizing treatment.
    • Taken even further in his fight with Starjun, in which he actually lost a leg and an arm (among numerous other injuries). Luckily for him, this time he was patched up much quicker.
    • He lost arm yet again, when Monkey King Bambina tried to dance with him and accidentally tore his arm off.
  • In the Hellsing TV anime by Gonzo, Anderson got both of his arms blown off by Alucard. In the manga, only one of his arm was blown off.
    • And in the manga and OVA, Zorin Blitz chops Seras' left arm off (Type 3). While most of Seras' injuries heal, she can't regenerate her arm, although it's replaced by something even better — a mass of blood-shadow that she can use as a weapon. — It is not like she couldn't, more like she doesn't. In the Epilogue, shes shown with both arms normal (while still using her powers through said arm).
  • InuYasha: When Inu-Yasha fought his Aloof Big Brother brother for possession of their father's most powerful sword, he proved he had the better claim by cutting Sesshoumaru's arm off with it. Sesshoumaru's arm then becomes the Chekhov's Gun for some Character Development that doesn't come to fruition until 50+ volumes later.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • In Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, Future Gohan loses his left arm fighting the Androids.
    • Tenshinhan loses his left arm below the shoulder courtesy of Nappa. He gets it back when he dies and goes to Other World, and keeps it after being wished back to life.
    • Piccolo loses his arm three times in the series. Fortunately, he's a Namekian and can regrow it, which he first reveals during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament - when Goku has badly injured the arm, Piccolo rips it off and regrows it in front of a stunned audience. He shows off the ability again when he regrows his arm after losing it in the fight with Raditz, and again when Cell drains and desiccates one arm with his tail; Piccolo just breaks it off and grows it back. His fellow Namekian Nail also loses an arm while fighting Frieza and regrows it.
    • Cell's arm is disintegrated by Vegeta's Final Flash. Thanks to his Namekian genes, he can regrow it with little effort.
    • Though an unusual limb, Goku, Gohan and Vegeta losing their tails counts, as without them they can't transform into Oozaru at the full moon.
    • During the Android Saga, Android 19 loses the lowermost portions of his arms to Vegeta; later, Android 20 has half of one arm broken off by Piccolo.
  • One Piece has this by the buckets.
    • The most prominent example is Shanks losing his arm after saving a drowning Luffy from a sea creature.
    • There's also Zeff, although there are two different versions of this. In the anime, he rescues the young Sanji from drowning by cutting off his own foot, which had become entangled in pieces of the wrecked ships. In the manga, with the two now being ship-wrecked on a small island, he supposedly splits their remaining rations in half. However, it is later revealed he gave everything to Sanji, and instead ate his own leg to survive.
    • Doflamingo seems fond of doing this, having sliced the giant Little Oars Jr.'s leg clean off during the Battle of Marineford. He's also attempted to decapitate at least 3 people.
    • "Diamond" Jozu, 3rd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, loses an arm to Aokiji's freezing powers during the Battle of Marineford; the rapid freezing leaves even his diamond form vulnerable to shattering.
    • Aokiji himself lost a leg in battle with Akainu during their Duel to the Death for the Fleet Admiral position during the timeskip; he's created a prosthetic made of ice.
    • Trafalgar Law has his arm cleanly sliced off by Arc Villain Doflamingo during the final battle of the Dressrosa Arc. He later reattaches it with Leo's help.
    • Kyros, the legendary gladiator of the Dressrosa coliseum, lopped off his own leg when caught in leg braces and leaped at Doflamingo in an attempt to kill him during the latter's initial takeover of Dressrosa. Unfortunately, he was stopped before he could reach him.
    • Used at least twice for comedic value courtesy of Zoro, who suggests cutting off the offending limb whenever he gets caught in handcuffs or ankle braces, to the horror of his crewmates.
    • Charlotte Perospero is grievously injured and missing his right arm, courtesy of Pedro's suicide bomb attack. He can use his Devil Fruit powers to grow a new arm made of candy, but it's quite susceptible to heat.
  • Until Death Do Us Part: Mamoru's preferred method of disabling bad guys. Notable victims include Edge Turus, twice, and a bear.
  • Tenjho Tenge: A type 2 rakes place when Mama Bear Makiko Nagi sacrifices her right arm to save her son Souichiro, leaving her armless since her ex-husband Soukaku had already cut off her left arm (and removed her left eye) in the backstory.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh!, Conrad loses an arm protecting Yuuri, and it's all their allies find of either of them when they arrive on the scene. At turns out, the arm is the key to unlocking one of four parts of Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • Naruto has a few examples:
    • Besides numerous self-inflicted ones Zaku got his right hand blown off and both arms severely damaged by using the air cannon in his arm while it was jammed with bugs (only in the manga; it was less severe in the anime), Deidara had one arm ripped off by Gaara's sand then the other Portal Cut off by Kamui (both were later replaced/repaired by Kakuzu), Jiraiya got his arm punched off by Asura Pain, and Tobi has lost at least three arms.
    • The Fourth Raikage is a clear Type 3; he sacrifices his arm and is about to sacrifice his leg to finish off Sasuke.
    • Naruto and Sasuke are a Type 2; they both lose an arm in the series' Final Battle.
  • Type 3 in Princess Tutu: The Book Men chop the hands off anyone they find Rewriting Reality. After Drosselmeyer just kept on going without his hands, one wonders why they didn't switch to heads...
  • Kurogane from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- pulls a Type 1 to save Fai's life.
  • Ai no Kusabi: Guy loses his left arm when attacked by an enraged Iason. Then Iason loses his legs near the end in a fatal situation prompting the tragic ending.
  • In Baccano!, Ladd Russo finds his left forearm stripped to the bone after a nasty run-in with the Rail Tracer.
  • In Guilty Crown, Shu lost his right arm and by extension his Power of Kings to Gai after he led the breakout from Ward 34.
  • Type 1 (subverted) and 3 in the D.Gray-Man anime, when Kanda deliberately receives a blow that nearly severs his arm at the shoulder in order to defeat the Millenium Swordsman by hacking off his sword arm ("He wouldn't give up his sword.").
  • There's a type 1 at the climax of Canaan when Big Bad Alphard shoots her own arm off at the elbow rather than surrender to the titular heroine.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin once chopped the arm off of a random Mook he was fighting, and since he's already taking his vow of non-killing by them, let the man live. Said man considered being spared Cruel Mercy and came back to make Kenshin's life miserable by attaching a gattling gun (which could also launch explosive rounds) to the stump of said arm.
  • Embalming: Since the story is about making Frankenstein monsters, lost limbs are a recurring hazard.
  • Happens more than once in Black Jack. For example, in an early story from the 2004 anime, a promising sushi chef named Taku loses both of his hands in a Type 2, when he's run over by a truck driver named Akira; for massive irony, Akira then crashes his truck and almost loses his hands too, so Black Jack implants Taku's hands in the place of his own. Akira becomes The Atoner as he begins working for Taku to try paying off the damage done to him. By the end, Akira dies and, before kicking it, he asks Black Jack to re-implant the hands back in Taku's stumps so his friend will be able to keep cooking and fulfill his dreams. And yup, Black Jack manages to do it: Taku's hands somehow work perfectly after this, and he's last seen cooking for his mother and Akira's widow, mentally thanking Akira for this second chance.
  • Saint Seiya has two Type 3 incidents:
  • Pandora Hearts: A Type 1 example with Jack having his body split into five parts (arms, legs, and head) in order to seal away Glen Baskerville's soul. Retrace LXV reveals that it was Oswald/Glen's body that was dismembered and that it may have been a Type 3 example after all...
    • Retrace LXXVIII has a Type 1 example: Gil severs his left arm in order to free himself from Oswald/Glen's control and save Oz from execution.
    • Xerxes Break cuts off Leo's left hand while fighting
    • Will of the Abyss pulls out Kevin's left eye to give it to Cheshire.
  • A frequent occurrence in Attack on Titan, with both humans and Titans losing limbs all over the place. The Titans simply regrow them, while their human victims are less fortunate. On the other hand, the Titan Shifters are shown to be able to regenerate in human form.
    • Eren suffers a Type 2 during the Battle of Trost, losing first a leg and then an arm in the process. They've grown back by the time he emerges from his Titan form.
    • Ymir ends up suffering a Type 2, and nearly dies as a result. Due to her massive injuries, she's still regrowing them 5 - 6 hours later.
    • Erwin also ends up suffering a Type 2 when a Titan drags him off his horse by one arm, causing him to lose it as a result.
    • Reiner suffers a Type 3, when Mikasa cuts off one arm and bisects the remaining one nearly to the elbow. Unlike Ymir, he's fully healed 5 hours later.
    • Much later on, Eren invokes Type 3 in order to sneak into the enemy territory of Liberio without being detected, while also pretending to be a Shell-Shocked Veteran. He uses this to manipulate Reiner's subordinate Falco into helping him send letters and communicate with outside parties (who these letters have been sent to has not yet been revealed) from within a psychiatric hospital. Eren then uses Falco to meet with Reiner for the first time in several years. After negotiations of peace talks between them fail, he regenerates his limbs and turns into his Titan form.
  • Living Dead! plays this to comedic effect as Monako can easily take herself apart. She even plays Twister with this ability.
  • During the Choujin Olympics in Kinnikuman, Kinkotsuman tries to shoot the title character. He's distracted by Terryman, and his gun goes off, hitting Terryman in the leg. In an aversion of Only a Flesh Wound, Terryman later has to have the leg removed. (Bowdlerized in the anime, where Terryman still gets shot but doesn't lose his leg.)
  • Near the end of the Black★Rock Shooter anime, Insane Black Rock Shooter casually tears her own arm off after it's implied to have been rendered useless by a slash wound to the upper arm. Since this bleeds a lot more than the original wound, it seems to be more for the squick factor rather than something actually practical.
  • In Candy Candy, Susanna Marlowe goes through a type 2 after she loses her leg when she performs a Diving Save by saving Terry from a falling stage lamp. The accident ruined her acting career and totally broke her mind.
  • Being a fighting series set in Edo period Japan, Gamaran is full of people who gets mutilated in battle losing to a more skilled opponent. Usually, they're unlikely to survive to their wounds, either bleeding out or because they're finished off a moment later.
  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula, Edelhi Bootsvorz loses his left arm (and his left eye) in a accident during a test drive while competing with Osamu. After the accident, he gets Artificial Limbs of his arm and a mechanical eye and more natural-looking ones later in the series.
    • Also happens to John Cleeve, a former racer. Maria told Hayato that he lost his leg in a accident while returning home from a test drive, and the accident ended his racing career.
  • A type 2 occurs in Senki Zesshou Symphogear G when Ver's Nephilim bit off Hibiki's left arm when she attempted to punch it.
  • The end of the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA for the Black Lagoon anime leads to Roberta's 'reckoning' for her actions during the arc; she gets into a fight with an American special forces unit and loses her left arm from the shoulder down, her right leg from the knee down, her right eye and two fingers on her right arm and is left wheelchair-bound. This was a notable departure from the original manga, which was much kinder to the character in question.
  • In Cyborg 009, Francoise/Cyborg 003 goes through a Type 1 after losing her right arm (along with her eyes ) during the "Conclusion: God's War" arc of the manga. Later she gets a robotic limb, one with a bullet-firing hand similar to Albert's.
    • Jet/Cyborg 002's legs tend to blow up on him quite often, and he got his arm torn off in the '79 series. And in "Conclusion: God's War", he loses both his legs (along with a good deal of his lower half) not once, but TWICE within the arc. The novel version amps things up by also having him lose both of his arms by the end.
  • In the X1999 movie, Yuuto Kigai goes through a Type 3 when Fuuma blows his right arm off with his powers.
  • In one of the Detective Conan non serial movies, Conan and Co. find a human arm on a table during a cruise, which kicks off the plot. The arm belongs to Liutenant Yousuke Sasaura, a missing member of the JSDF (Japanese Self-Defense Forces), whose one-armed and drowned corpse is found few later..
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero:
    • Sonoko lost both the use of her legs and one of her arms. When she appears, she's bedbound and covered in bandages. She gets better in the finale.
    • Karin loses the use of an arm, the use of a leg, her hearing, and her vision after going Mankai several times in a row. She recovers when Mankai related injuries are fixed in the finale.
  • Akira got his left arm bitten off when putting the near-unkillable enemy leader into the gigantic baby's mouth in Green Worldz, knowing full well of the risk. This did not happen to him in the original timeline.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden:
    • Prince Temudan is an Ill Boy whose illness causes him to lose his limbs, which are replaced with prosthetics.
    • Much later in the story, Temudan himself orders for his treacherous brother Tegiru's Cruel and Unusual Death, which consists of Tegiru having one arm, one leg and one eye cut off before being beheaded.
  • Happens multiple times in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • YuYu Hakusho: Hiei chops off Makintaro's arm in the Dark Tournament Arc. It happens so quick that Makintaro doesn't even know it happened until Hiei showed it to him.
    Hiei: Your nervous leaves much to be desired.
  • One of the Final Killing Game participants in DanganRonpa 3 cuts off their own arm in order to circumvent the negative effects of the bracelets that enforce the games' rules. It's Juzo Sakakura, and he uses his new-found 'freedom' to save Makotos' life and end the game for everyone.
    • There's also an example in Side:Hope: Nagito Komaeda comes back, and he has replaced his left arm (the one he had already replaced with Juno Enoshimas left arm) with a mechanical one, thus showing that he, and by extension the rest of Class 77-B had been cured of Junkos' brainwashing.
  • Gundam:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, we meet Kelly Layzner, a One Year War pilot who lost an arm during the war. He proves to be a Handicapped Badass after modifying the Val Waro Mobile Armor to be used one-armed, then goes on to nearly be Kou Uraki and the newly modified Gundam GP-01 Full Burnian.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Shiro Amada rips off the useless left arm of his Gundam Ez-8 to beat Norris Packard's Gouf Custom. Later, he loses part of his right leg after getting caught in the destruction of the Ez-8 and the Apsaulus III.
    • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Sai Saici rips off the arm of the Dragon Gundam as part of a Batman Gambit against the Neptune Gundam. Since he's connected to the Gundam via the Mobile Trace System, he's in considerable pain.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Andrew Waltfeld ends up losing an arm, a leg and an eye after getting caught in the destruction of his LaGOWE Mobile Suit that also claimed the life of his lover Aisha. Notably, he doesn't actually hold a grudge towards Kira Yamato for either of those, since he rationalized it as they were soldiers doing their duty and becomes a stalwart ally once he joins Lacus Clyne. He gets prosthetics in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.
  • In AICO Incarnation, Kazuki lost his right arm in a Matter attack and had it replaced by a prosthetic. Over the course of the series, he loses his prosthetic arm in another Matter attack, gets a replacement, and then sacrifices the replacement in order to carry out an attack in the final battle, and receives another replacement at the end.

    Comic Books 
  • In Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2, Emma Frost loses an arm against Mr. Sinister. Being in diamond form, she doesn't die from blood loss or anything, and she gets better.
  • ElfQuest's warrior troll king Guttlekraw likes to punish disobedient elf slaves "one finger, then one limb at a time." Case in point: Ekuar, who lost half a leg, one arm, and one finger of the remaining hand that way. He was the luckiest.
  • Aquaman's hand was eaten off by piranhas.
  • Hitman has Hacken who has his compatriots cut off his hand after he's bitten by a zombie penguin. They later reveal that he was never in danger.
  • Spider-Man has Peter's old high school rival-turned-buddy Flash Thompson lose both his legs in Iraq.
    • Peter losing a leg is also the reason he retires as a superhero in the original Spider-Girl comics.
  • The Walking Dead has Type 3. The Governor takes Rick's arm as punishment for refusing to fight in his gladiatorial arena
  • In All Fall Down, the speedster, Pronto, suffers this when he loses both legs in the first chapter.
  • In The Crow, Eric slices off both of a mobster's legs, leaving him to die from blood loss.
  • In The Mice Templar, Leito has his arm chopped off by Captain Tosk. Later, Leito gets his revenge on Tosk by slicing off both his arms.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Dismemberment happens all the time, the limbs themselves can usually be replaced. The situations all have some significance: Cyclonus severs Rung's arm is Played for Laughs, Drift cutting off Pharma's hands leads to the latter's Disney Villain Death, and Ratchet later takes them up. Black Shadow rips off Hyperion's arm while simultaneously blasting away another Wrecker to show how powerful he is and Empurata cuts of the victims hands and head and replaces them with claws and a Cyber Cyclops head.
  • Spotlight: Wheelie: the title character loses his arm to a Chaosterous, for a time, before retrieving it. Reattaching it without proper medical help proves difficult, and the arm remains functionally dead, and makes transforming incredibly difficult, not least because whenever Wheelie transforms said arm just dangles from his undercarriage.
  • In the Marvel Universe, John Walker, the former US Agent, loses an arm and a leg to Nuke and his energy axe. While he knows Tony Stark and could easily get a replacement, he refuses on the grounds that he doesn't want to become like the cyborg who did this to him. Mind you, it's shown that he can kick more than enough ass on his own. He later gets new biologically-created limbs to replace the ones he lost.
  • This Trope was integral to the backstory of Marvel villain, Master Pandemonium. Originally a spoiled rich actor named Martin Preston, a car crash one night after drinking heavily severed one of his arms. Dying and yelling for help, the demon Mephisto appeared and offered him a deal, which he accepted. Mephisto summoned four demons; one of them wrenched its own arm off, and used it to replace the lost limb, while the other three repeated the trick with Preston's good limbs. Since then, as Master Pandemonium, the four demons are his servants while in Mephisto's employ, and he can detach any (or all) of his limbs, which causes them to turn into the demons who donated them. He is most often a foe of Ghost Rider.
  • In Infinite Crisis, Risk of the Teen Titans had his right arm ripped off by Superboy-Prime. Later, during the Sinestro Corps War, Risk attempted to take revenge against (now) Superman-Prime, only to have his left arm ripped off as well.
    • Not incidentally, both of these events were written by Geoff Johns, who has a fondness for this trope.
  • In Avengers Arena, Nico Minoru loses an arm. The subsequent blood loss ends up giving her a power boost, though.
  • In the Justice League "Age of Obsidian" arc, The Flash has both his legs torn off by Tezumak. His legs are later restored by magic.
  • James Wa of The Order lost both of his legs to a drunk driver, ending his baseball career. However, he went on to create a brand of high-tech prosthetic legs and made a fortune.
  • Hellion of the X-Men lost both his hands, and Karma lost one of her legs, to the Purifiers. They were later fitted with prosthetics.
  • Being a particularly violent series, X-Statix (and its predecessor X-Force) has featured this trope a few times:
    • The Coach of the original team had a large left arm as part of his mutant powers. He lost it sometime after Edie Sawyer joined the team.
    • Ocean of O-Force loses both her legs to the zombies summoned by Arnie Lundbeg. After he realized what a little shit he'd been, he used his powers to restore her legs.
    • El Guapo loses both of his legs on a mission.
  • Justice League: Cry for Justice; Roy Harper gets his arm chopped off by Prometheus. This, combined with his daughter's death, drives him over the Despair Event Horizon and he becomes a more brutal Anti-Hero.
  • In issue 1 of Wolverines, Daken has one of his arms ripped off by Sinister, who takes it along with Wolverine's corpse for research purposes. Ordinarily this wouldn't be an issue for him, but in the last issue of The Logan Legacy, his Healing Factor had been stripped from him by Siphon, leaving him in danger of bleeding out.
  • In Legends (DC), the villain Sunspot uses his power blast to get out of the ankle cuff that Guy Gardner holds him upside-down by, but in the process he accidentally blasts off his right foot. Guy tends to Sunspot's injury, but threatens to cut off the villain's left hand if he uses his power blast again.
  • One of Madman's earlier adventures involves him rescuing an alien who landed among a Lamanite tribe two thousand years earlier. The Lamanites thought he communicated with the gods, and thus cut off his legs and one of his arms to prevent him from leaving.
  • Judge Dredd: Judge Logan has the misfortune of repeatedly losing limbs. After being wounded during the Fargo rescue, he got an Artificial Limb in place of his left arm before switching it for a specially regrown one. Then he lost that one to Mortis' rotting touch.
  • In Violine, an early villain, Muller, falls to his apparent death in a crocodile infested moat. After losing both arms in fighting them off, he takes a level in badass, obtains clawed arms, and becomes the series' bigger bad.
  • In Deep Gravity, Warner, a shuttle pilot, is attacked by a venomous native lifeform on Poseidon's surface, and the doctors have to amputate his legs. (It's not a case of Amputation Stops Spread, though — they stop the spread by other means, but the toxin has already done its damage.) However, Warner points out that he doesn't need legs to fly his shuttle, and ends up rescuing the rest of the surviving cast that way.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: During the final battle with Haazheel Thorn, he rips off Hellaynnea's arms when she tries to stop him from killing Wismerhill.
  • The penultimate issue of Reyn has Reyn himself losing an arm while fighting Brother M'Thall. It isn't until after he loses his arm where it's revealed that Reyn is not human, since he doesn't bleed the way a normal human would.
  • A late arc in Gail Simone's run of Red Sonja has type 1: Sonja destroys both her hands by charring them in a fire to prevent herself from wielding a weapon.

     Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • In Tavi's Blood And Fire: Nihlus survives his encounter with Saren but loses a hand to an attack on the Spectre compound.
  • The main character, Char loses an arm in the Temporal Tower arc of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Silver Resistance.
  • In Winter War, Isane manages to wound the Barragan Fragment... but it turns out its blood has the same "age things to death" power as the whole thing, and some of that blood splattered on her hand and lower arm, necessitating an amputation to save her life. In the Backstory of the same fic, Kensei lost most of his leg under similar circumstances- he was hit by one of Barragan's attacks, and Rose saved his life with an emergency amputation.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fic 'Blood Is Thicker than Friendship', Applejack gets one of her hindlegs torn off defending Ponyville from a hydra.
  • Jewel of Darkness: During the fight in Midnight's lair at the end of the Jump City arc, she rips off one of Cyborg's arms and smashes it. Of course, since it's a robotic limb, he just rebuilds it by the arc epilogue.
  • The Crimson Badger of the The Urthblood Saga: Captain Perrett has his leg cut off in the final battle, but still manages to kill two Long Patrol hares before he dies. Captain Bandon also loses his left leg but survives. Urthblood himself loses his swordpaw in the duel with his brother.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fic Equestria: Total War, Pinkie has a hind leg torn off by a manticore. Being driven temporarily insane by the horrors of war, she then stabs the manticore in the eye with the shattered remains of her leg.
  • In The Legend of Zelda fanfic Wisdom and Courage, Veran launches a major attack on Termina, and in the process, sets fire to Romani Ranch. According to Romani, Cremia's arm was so badly burnt in the fire that it has to be cut off, therefore making her unable to work on the ranch anymore.
  • Hivefled has several ghosts who bear the wounds of their deaths; Keskay Sigsia's arm is missing as it was eaten before she died, while Ukuthe Lorain died of blood loss when her arm was torn off and now has it floating beside her shoulder stump.
  • In A Midsummer Night's Dream chapter 8, we learn Spitfire lost a leg and wing crashing her zeppelin into Rasputin.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction Jericho, Jericho himself suffers all three types of this trope all on the same day, the day wherein he looses his horn and left eye, then has to cut out parts of his eye because parts of it didn't fall out with the majority of the eye and so he has to prevent an infection. Then, on the same day, a half-crab, half-octopus creature in a swamp hacks off a hoof (most of it, at least) and destroys another; this ends up giving Jericho's right foreleg/arm blood poisoning.. And then, within days, his right foreleg dies of said blood poisoning, and so he has to cut it off. Using only his mouth, a sword, and a bonfire. This prompts C, the Skinwalker, to cut off his own regenerating arm and give it to Jericho. Jericho's hunt for magic capable of restoring his foreleg/arm, eye, and horn drive the plot of Act 2.
    • A few chapters later, to prevent Cherry Berry from raping him, he chews off his chained right forehoof. Twice. Because the skinwalker's limb regenerates, and is semi-sentient, and actually took mild offense to Jericho's first attempt at chewing part of it off. Soon thereafter, someone takes a knife, pins Jericho down, and cuts a three-inch-in-radius hole cut out from around (and including) Jericho's nipple, forcing him to cauterize the bleeding wound by boiling it closed with scalding-hot steam, before forcing himself to eat the wad of nipple-flesh in order to prevent it being taken and used for dark magic against him. Jericho has not being having a very fun time, is what we're trying to say here.
    • Word of God says that the writing and editing team are very fond of this trope when concerning the narrator (Jericho) himself. Their team motto is even "Fuck Jericho". Word of God also states that the author is a sociopath who simply enjoys making beloved characters suffer.
  • In the Legend of Korra fanfiction Phantom Skin Feeling The Cold Air Ikki loses her right arm as a result of injuries sustained after saving her sister, Jinora, during Kuvira's attack on Republic City. It is revealed in a later chapter the full extent of why Ikki lost her arm in the first place - she was defending an unconscious Jinora from Earth Empire soldiers, and the unstable rubble surrounding them collapsed. Ikki ran to push Jinora out of the way, resulting in her right arm getting crushed beyond repair.
  • In the Supernatural fanfic "Missing Pieces", Sam Winchester loses his left leg in a car accident while he's still at Stanford, the rest of the story looking at Sam, Dean and John's contrasting efforts to adjust to such a brutal injury.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe fic Canid has Fenrir, Loki's cursed wolf son, biting off the hand of his guard Tyr as a major turning point for the story.
  • Cycles Upon Cycles: Saren gets his arm bitten off by a Zergling while invading a Zerg colony.
  • In Marionettes, Trixie gets her right front leg sliced off by Masquerade's BFS during the final battle. Due to being an android, Trixie isn't as badly effected as a normal pony (in part because she doesn't have blood to bleed out), but still has to force herself to remember that fact and that her creator, Dr. Bright Future, can just make her a replacement later to avoid completely freaking out.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfiction Thorn of the Rose, Thorn Blackfeather gets one of his forelegs caught in a massive gear, requiring it to be amputated.
  • A Brighter Dark: The author has a certain style. Whenever someone gets directly hit, it will usually either be Killed Off for Real or this.
    • Kaze loses an arm in attempt to assassinate Garon during his own execution.
    • Selena lops off the arm of a Hoshidan soldier during Corrin's escape from Hoshido.
    • Hans has his arm nearly severed in a fight with some Nohrian soldiers, and has to have it amputated.
    • Corrin gets her ear chopped off during a major battle. We later learn that she lost an eye in the same battle, after Takumi shot it out with an arrow.
    • Hinoka losses An Arm and a Leg in the same battle as above.
  • In the Gelel arc of Dreaming of Sunshine, Shikamaru gets his arm turned to stone and crushed by Ishidate.
  • In The Sage's Disciple, Kiritsugu loses an arm to Lancer during his attack on the Hyatt Hotel due to Crow warning Kayneth he was coming. Irisviel replaced it with an Artificial Limb made of Alchemy-enhanced iron.
    • When Kirei tried to remove the Crow Mask during the Banquet of Kings, it burned his hand to charcoal and cursed it with the inability to heal.
  • Forum of Thrones: One of the most prominent mutilations in the entire story take place in Chapter 4, when Argilac Durrandon, the Storm King, mutilates Corilyan Celtigar, ambassador of Dragonstone, over something he perceived as a slight against his beloved daughter.
    • Before he is killed, the Solver posing as Butterfly loses his sword hand in his fight against Samantha.
    • Holt Torv, the head torturer of Harrenhal has lost his foot on the battlefield years before the story starts.
    • At the end of the Raid on Maybros, Sadie gets into a duel with Durren Stallhart. It ends as well as you might expect, with Durren slicing off Sadie's sword hand and nearly killing her.
  • Sam & Mickey's "Surgery" has Barbie hospitalized after losing her right arm. A fight with the nurse over some booze costs Barbie her left arm as well.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • During the Sack of Torus Finley, Aldarn shoots off one of Servantis' hands, with the rest of that arm needing to be removed after it becomes gangrenous.
    • Elyon blasts off one of Ludmoore's hands as he's in the middle of teleporting to flee his attacked manor.
  • Saying No plays this for rather Black Comedy as Harry and Ron experiment with summoning charms to disarm Voldemort. It doesn’t get any better for this particular Dark Lord.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Princess Mononoke the first indication we get of the demonic power of Prince Ashitaka's curse is when one of his arrows rips both arms off of a samurai.
    • Later in the film, Lady Eboshi loses an arm to a rather vicious and symbolic animal bite.
  • How to Train Your Dragon has no blood, but Gobber has a pegleg and missing arm that he can change for different things like a hammer, a tankard, a fork, etc. Toothless the dragon counts after losing a tail rudder fin, and Hiccup loses a foot in the final battle.
    • The villain of the sequel, Drago, lost one of his arms at some point. He lost it in a dragon attack, but he uses a metal arm as a replacement.
  • Happens to Buzz Lightyear in the first Toy Story film while attempting to jump out of a window leading to outside Sid Phillips' house. The mutant toys eventually put his arm back on, however.
    • In the second movie, Woody's arm gets ripped.
  • In Brave, King Fergus lost his leg battling the demon bear Mor'du. He replaced it with a club-shaped lump of wood.
  • In Strange Frame, Grenman is missing both of his legs. Supposedly, they were stolen cut off by a pair of alien foot fetishists.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Averted in Tropic Thunder by the character POSING as a double amputee who actually still has both hands.
  • Pictured above: Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, who lost his legs in the Vietnam war.
  • Comes as a surprise towards the end of classic silent World War I drama The Big Parade.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-800 loses his left arm when combating the T-1000 in the foundry.
  • Played for laughs with four Type 3 amputations in quick succession on the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Trope Namer for Only a Flesh Wound.
  • The titular character from The Man with the Iron Fists gets both arms chopped off.
  • In Tusk, Wallace has both of his legs amputated as part of the process to transform him into a walrus. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • The famous defibrillator scene in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), in which a character has his arms bitten off by the titular Thing. Oddly enough, the bitten character is never seen again, so he presumably died of blood loss while the rest of the men were distracted dealing with the monster.
    • Suffers from a bit of Special Effects Failure in that the arms separate well above the bite, but it's so startling and horrifying that it's easy to overlook.
  • Michael Ironside's characters frequently lose (and damage) limbs in the movies he's done, including:
    • In the original Total Recall (1990), getting both his arms ripped off before falling to his death.
    • In Starship Troopers, his character lost much of his left arm, presumably in an earlier war with the Klendathu Arachnids, but he gets an artificial hand fitted on it later in the film. He subsequently loses both his legs in his death scene, after which he pleads Rico to give him a Mercy Kill. Doubly referenced by a Recruiting Sergeant who appears as a triple amputee for shock value to naive recruits, and the schoolmaster who has also lost an arm.
    • In The Machinist, he loses another arm in an industrial machine accident which the main character subconsciously caused.
    • In Highlander II: The Quickening he gets his hand cut off in a sword fight right before MacLeod chops off his head.
  • Kill Bill Part 1 took this to ridiculous extremes, with many members of the Crazy 88 and Sophie Fatale losing various limbs to the Bride.
    The Bride: "Leave your severed limbs. Those belong to me now."
    • It's also how The Bride exacts both revenge on and information from Sofie Fatale. Cutting off Sofie's arm at the start of the Crazy 88 fight shows O-Ren Ishii that The Bride means business.
  • One of the bumbling cops from Versus loses his hand early in the film. It's a Black Comedy Running Gag that he keeps forgetting it's missing and tries to touch things with his stump.
  • In a deleted scene from Natural Born Killers, Mickey and Mallory cut off the legs of the Hun Brothers with chainsaws. Upon realizing who they were, Mickey and Mallory stopped and apologized. The Hun Brothers actually thanked them for it.
  • In Evil Dead 2 film, Ash cuts off his own hand after it is infected with evil.
  • Star Wars has a large number of Type 2 lost limbs, five of them belonging to someone named Anakin. There's a website and a Wookieepedia article listing all of them, plot important or not.
  • Mentioned by Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
    "I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms."
  • The Mad Max film series:
    • Mad Max:
      • Cundalini's attempt to stop Jessie's fast moving car with a chain ended badly for him. Toecutter later claims retribution for Cundalini's missing hand as partial justification for attacking her, though they're really just doing it For the Evulz.
      • Implied at the end when Max handcuffs Johnny The Boy's ankle to a death-trapped car and leaves him a hacksaw with the admonition that while it would take at least 15 minutes to cut through the chain, he could probably saw through his ankle in five.
    • Toady's attempt to catch the razor boomerang in The Road Warrior ended badly for him as well.
    • The female protagonist of Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa, has a mechanical arm. In the climax of the Final Battle, she sacrifices her mechanical arm to kill Immortan Joe before escaping on his car.
  • The Machine Girl: Yakuza cut off schoolgirl's arm; she replaces it with a machine gun. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Boxing Helena: Mad Doctor cuts off a woman's legs so she can't run away, then cuts off her arms so she can't fight back. It's a love story.
  • In the 1942 film Kings Row, Drake McHugh (probably Ronald Reagan'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?"
  • Daniel Jackson lost his leg to frostbite in Stargate Continuum.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: vampire Amilyn (Paul Reubens) is on top of Pike's speeding van, reaching in through a hole punched in the roof — until a low branch sweeps him off and severs his arm. He is not pleased.
    Amilyn: You ruined my jacket! (to minions) Kill him a lot!
  • Quorra loses her left arm in TRON: Legacy. It's grown back later.
  • According to the film adaptation of Inspector Gadget, Doctor Claw actually got both his name and trademark claw after one of his hands was chopped off by a bowling ball.
  • Optimus Prime gets his right arm sliced off by Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • In the 2010 film version of True Grit, Mattie loses her left arm to a rattlesnake bite.
  • In RocknRolla, this is implied to have happened to The Russian. The phrase is spoken verbatim. Archy may have said it in a light, even joking tone, but considering what we just watched him do in the previous scene...
  • Braveheart: Hamish's father, Campbell the Elder, loses his left hand at the Battle of Stirling, so he spends the rest of the movie using a flail.
  • Orca: The Killer Whale: Bo Derek's character has her leg bitten off by a killer whale. It proves to be the story's turning point.
  • The Saw series was built around this.
    • Lawrence from the first film sawed through his chained leg and plays a large (mostly behind the scenes) part in the events of the sequels as a result.
    • The prologue of Saw VI has two predatory lenders-one obese, the other skinny- in a trap in which the first to carve off a pound of flesh within 5 minutes will get to survive. Realizing that the fat man will likely win, the woman chops off her arm in a last ditch attempt to make the weight. She wins.
  • Leprechaun kills a cop in Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood by ripping off his leg. He then uses the said leg to reach the pedals of a police car as he gets back to chasing after the protagonists.
  • Two Type 3s in Santa Sangre. The first occurs before the actual events of the film, concerning a girl whose arms were cut off by her rapists and who is now worshiped as a saint in the titular church; ironically enough, the second happens to Concha, the leader of the Sante Sangre congregation, whose arms are hacked off in a similar fashion.
  • Rust And Bone (De rouille et d'os): Stephanie losing both legs above the knee to a killer whale attack (in a sea park) isn't the only focus of the story, but it is the impetus for her relationship with Ali and their respective growth as characters.
  • In Pacific Rim, Gipsy Danger loses its left arm in the Action Prologue against Knifehead. After being rebuilt, it loses its right arm in the final battle.
  • At one point in The Fly II, the young protagonist goes to one of the few characters from the first film who appears to ask him for help. He gets refused, on the grounds that his compassion for the young man's father in the first film "cost me an arm and a leg!" (They were dissolved by giant fly vomit.)
  • In The Unknown, Alonzo the Armless blackmails a surgeon into amputating his arms because he believes this will enable him to win the heart of the woman he loves.
  • Occurs in Blood Diamond, depicting the Truth in Television actions of the Revolutionary United Front during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The election slogan at the time was "the future is in your hands," so the rebels chopped people's hands off to discourage them from voting in the elections.
    Captain Poison: No more hands, no more voting!
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sunspot gets his arm chopped off in the final battle. He lost pretty quickly after that.
  • In Showdown in Little Tokyo, the Big Bad Yoshida first shows how ruthless he is with a type 3 when he responds to a drug dealer who strongly disagrees with his pricing by drawing his katana and slicing the man's hand off. Needless to say, the dealer is quick to change his mind.
  • All of the films released during "Phase 2" (2013-15) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature at least one character losing an arm or a hand at a pivotal moment, reportedly as an homage to Luke losing his hand in the second Star Wars film.
    • Iron Man 3: Tony uses a blade built into his Iron Man armor to cutt off Killian's hand during the final battle. It grows back.
    • Thor: The Dark World: Loki appears to cut off Thor's hand in an illusion to fool Malekith.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Bucky traumatically loses his arm in a flashback and has a mechanical replacement in the present.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora cuts Groot's arm off during their initial fight. It grows back.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron removes Klaue's hand early on, hinting at the mechanical hand he has in the comics to make an appearance in a later film.
    • Ant-Man: When Darren Cross gets imploded into the Quantum realm his right arm is the first thing to go.
  • In The Mummy (1999) Rick slices off Imhotep's arm during the climatic fight. After tossing Rick away, Imhotep is able to reattach it.
  • Dagon: When Paul and Barbara are reunited with Viki, they find her in a state of complete shock because the cultists cut off one of her legs.
  • Spy Hard: General Rancor lost both his arms after his previous run-in with Agent Dick Steele, but has had various prosphetic replacements constructed. After Steele ties Rancor to his own missile in the climax, he loses his legs as well.
  • The serial killer in Resurrection murders people and steals their body parts before then stitching them together to recreate the body of Jesus Christ in time for the resurrection on Easter. Six victims total—one for each limb, one head, and a torso.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God: Berek cuts off Damodar's arm to get the orb out of his hand, and he barely reacts. There's not even any blood, so perhaps he doesn't feel pain too. It's restored later with magic. Ormaline also gets her arm torn off when it's caught while teleporting the party to safety, and this is shown more realistically as her bleeding profusely, needing immediate aid from healers.
  • Kothanodi: In this anthology of folk tales, wicked stepmother Senehi takes this trope to horrific levels as she breaks her stepdaughter's limbs one by one, and then smashes her skull in.
  • Screamers. In our introduction to the eponymous Killer Robots, an enemy soldier sent to deliver a peace offering gets his hand severed by a flying screamer, still holding the canister holding the message. The next screamer slices his foot off, leaving him on the ground and vulnerable to the rest. Even the hardened soldiers watching from the bunker are squicked out.
  • In Siren (2010), Ken twists his ankle chasing after the phantasmal Silka and wakes up the boat with the dead sailor about to amputate his leg. He screams as this happens, but wakes up on the island with his leg intact, making this another of the island's Mind Screws.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front has a plot arc revolving around a pair of boots belonging to one of the original group who loses a leg and subsequently dues of wounds.
  • The Jack Aubrey / Stephen Maturin stories contain various amputees. One is an elderly Lieutenant who Aubrey is able to both reward and dispose of by making him Captain of a prize vessel, thus ensuring that the man will be honourably and securely pensioned off; another is a below-knee amputee who appears as Captain of an East Indiaman, being felt to have no career prospects in the Royal Navy with his disability. Tom Pullings' facial scarring is generally reckoned to have hindered his already slim prospects, and an officer who loses part of his nose to frostbite steers every introduction round to his wounding to prevent suspicion that he is syphilitic.
  • Midway into Berlin Alexanderplatz the protagonist Franz Biberkopf suffers an injury that loses him an arm, which ends up being amputated.
  • Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick.
  • Honor Harrington's arm was shredded by flechettes when escaping a prison ship. Ordinarily that wouldn't be a problem for their tech, which would have been able to grow her a new one when she got back home, but thanks to a quirk in her genetics her body rejects such procedures and she gets an almost as good prosthetic- with a built in gun. Previously, she had also lost the same eye (right) and arm (left) as her historical pattern, Vice Admiral the Viscount Sir Horatio Nelson.
  • Harry Potter:
    Dumbledore: I am sorry to say that Professor Kettleburn has retired from his post at the end of last term, in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs.
  • Jaime Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire has his hand cut off by a rival at one point. It's rather worse than just the loss of a hand though, as he's a knight (and one of the best swordsmen around), and his sword hand was the one chopped off.
    • In the history of this world, related in The World of Ice & Fire, Orys Baratheon Was captured by the Dornish and had his sword hand chopped off by Wyl of Wyl the second time Aegon invaded Dorne. He later paid the debt back by capturing Walter Wyl, the son of Wyl of Wyl, and cut off his sword hand. Then he cut off Walter's other hand and both feet due to interest gathered over the years since his own hand was cut off.
  • James Bond
  • The Tin Man from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was based off of the Civil War amputees Baum saw growing up.
  • Version One shows up in Alfred Bester's The Deceivers: mine workers who steal "novaseed" gems - a sort of universal catalyst - must then have their hand amputated to prevent the novaseed-triggered matter-to-energy reaction from slowly consuming their entire body. Novaseed gems are so valuable on the black market there is apparently no shortage of miners willing to trade a hand for economic security.
  • Hertzer Herrick in John Ringo's Council Wars series loses a hand in the climactic battle at the end of the first book. Of course, being Hertzer, it just serves to make him even more badass.
  • Older Than Print: In Beowulf, the title hero rips Grendel's arm off with his bare hands.
  • Inheritance Cycle: The high priest of Dras-Leona's evil cult has given all four of his limbs as sacrifices to the gods.
  • Rand in The Wheel of Time loses a hand to one of the Forsaken. The casual manner in which he shrugs it off ("I guess I'll have to learn the sword again") is presented as further evidence of his degrading mental state. A few books later, he admits it does bother him, which is reasonable since it seems at that point that the fate of the world depends on his winning a sword fight.
  • Roland of The Dark Tower loses his right big toe and two fingers from his right hand. Not the most traumatic injury ever, but not without consequence either, since it was his "good" hand and considering what used to be his preferred method of combat. He remarks to himself that at least he masturbates left-handed.
  • Some of the characters in the Dragons of Requiem series lose at least one of their limbs at some point during battles. The most notable case is King Raem Seran, who has both his arms and legs bitten off by Laira and Jeid.
  • In the X-Wing Series, Ton Phanan lost an arm and half of his face during the assault on the second Death Star, having to get replacement parts. This prompted him to switch from the field of medicine to that of killing people as a pilot - problem was, he kept getting hurt, and since he was allergic to the best medicine around, this meant becoming more and more mechanical.
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye has Luke, fighting against Darth Vader, manage to cut off one of the Dark Lord's arms. Not perturbed by this, Vader picks up his lightsaber with his remaining hand and keeps fighting.
  • Galaxy of Fear: Eppon can just instantly regrow a severed limb. Several books later, a smuggler is less lucky. When he's injured, a friendly tribe calling themselves The Children offer to take care of him, and they neatly remove the injured appendages to have for dinner. Offered a bowl in good spirits, the viewpoint character had just seen his injured buddy, decides to take the bowl anyway, and only figures it out at the last moment, when the spoon he lifts has a ring in it.
  • Max Barry's Machine Man has Dr. Charles Neumann first lose one leg at the thigh, then the other. Both losses are treated realistically. The worst of it is when he has to sever his own left arm at the shoulder as a Life-or-Limb Decision.
  • Early in Nine Gates, the second book of the Breaking the Wall trilogy, Righteous Drum loses an arm in an enemy attack. While it weakens him while he adjusts, all it really does is make him a Handicapped Badass.
  • In The Silmarillion, Maedhros asks his friend Fingon to cut his hand off in a Life-or-Limb Decision while he is captures. Later, Beren gets his hand bitten off by a werewolf, and ends up with the nickname "Beren One-Hand".
  • Jory's bad knee results in the loss of that leg in the final chapter of Blade Dancer.
  • In the novels and animated version of Fate/Zero, Sola-Ui gets her right arm cut off by Maiya to remove the Command Spells that let her control Diarmuid!Lancer, which she got after subjecting Kayneth to Fingore.
  • From Eisenhorn, Gregor Eisenhorn loses a hand in battle, in one of the short stories. Not caring for the prosthetic he was provided, he eventually has it surgically replaced with a vat grown duplicate.
  • Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM) has two augmetic fingers, having lost them to a Necron gauss weapon.
  • Bernard Wolfe's science-fiction Limbo is all about a society where self-amputation, using then prosthesis only during sport. This is encouraged by the culture.
  • Edgar Freemantle from Stephen King's Duma Key loses his right arm. He choice to forgo a prosthesis allows for him to channel power through his 'mojo' arm.
  • Also from King: Misery. In the novel, Annie cuts off Paul's foot to "hobble" him, taken from the slave narratives and Congo examples as listed below. The scene, while averted in the film, is even more horrific. She breaks both feet with a sledgehammer.
  • Averted in The Hunger Games. Peeta loses his left leg in the arena but it bears so little impact on the plot and characterization that you wonder what the whole point of it was. The only effect it seems to have is that he's a bit unsteady on his feet when Katniss leaps into his arms for the first few months after the amputation. Oh, and there is one scene where Katniss feels guilty over him losing his leg. Other than that you would never notice that he's lost a limb and the movie version didn't even bother to include it.
    • Although it does have some impact in the Quarter Quell of "Catching Fire". Which, in turn, makes Peeta come off as more of The Load in the second film because they removed the reason why he can't keep up with the other characters physically.
  • Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester was badly hurt when there was a fire at Thornfield. One hand was so crushed that a surgeon had to amputate it.
  • Dexter: Dr. Danco takes Doakes's hands, feet and also tongue, as well as Debbie's boyfriend's arm and leg.
  • In the Lensmen series, Kimball Kinnison at one point gets captured and tortured. Among the tortures is a deliberate infection that forces the Patrol to amputate both arms and both legs to save his life, once they get him back.
  • Lieutenant Bush of the Horatio Hornblower books loses his leg in the battle at the end of Ship of the Line. He gets a wooden one and learns how to walk on it in Flying Colours, and while he's slated to be a desk captain, Hornblower makes him the captain of his squadron's lead ship in The Commodore.
  • Suffering from the disorder mentioned in the Real Life entry below, one of the characters takes off her own leg in the novella Monster P*rn, by KJ Moore.
  • Evening of Eve and Adam loses her right arm and leg in the first sentence of the book.
  • Ashley Gaynes in Blackbirds is envisioned by the main character Miriam Black to die in his eighties, having lost his left foot sometime after their first meeting. He loses it later in the novel courtesy of Ingersoll.
  • In Stephen King's It, Pennywise pulls off Georgie Denbrough's arm, which ends up with him bleeding profusely until death. The same thing happens in the TV miniseries.
  • Three examples in Heart of Steel. In all cases the limbs were replaced with either biological (Julia's) or mechanical (everyone else's) parts:
    • Alistair Mechanus' backstory includes a car accident that cost him his left arm and both legs.
    • Julia Parker loses a leg to the shark-man Scarface.
    • Julia's boyfriend Jim is torn in half and loses an arm during the same even that cost Julia her leg.
  • In Children of the Black Sun, Isidro loses the functioning of one arm to torture. In a culture that values strength and pulling your weight, it's a big psychological issue for him as well as a physical one.
  • In the Eric Flint Alternate History novel The Rivers of War Sergeant Driscol has a lower arm mangled by a British volley at the Battle of Chippawa, during the War of 1812. The later amputation of the limb and recovery period is what puts him in a position to help in the defense of Washington, DC along with Sam Houston, changing the course of history.
  • In The Shattered Kingdoms, Isa agrees to have her arm amputated to stop the spread of sunlight-inflicted damage (her people being Weakened by the Light). Given that her culture exiles people with such "deformities" to their deaths, it's unsure for a while whether she'd want it done or not, since she might feel she's as good as dead either way.
  • Rani from Disney Fairies sacrificed her wings to save her Pixie Hollow. She can no longer fly however she is now the only fairy who can swim.
  • In Guns of the Dawn, Emily's brother-in-law, Tubal, finishes the war minus a leg. He's not as bitter about it as he might be — after all, a lot of the people he fought beside got worse.
  • Happens to Magawisca in Hope Leslie.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Karyl loses his right hand to a raptor and is forced to go without it for several months. Later, Aphrodite regrows it for him.
  • Alvin the Treacherous from How to Train Your Dragon starts off with a Hook Hand, explaining that he lost his hand to the booby-trapped coffin of Grimbeard the Ghastly. He then proceeds to lose another body part for each encounter with Hiccup and his friends, until he is a one-eyed, one-handed, one-legged, noseless, hairless shell of a man.
  • In The Traitor Son Cycle, Gabriel and the Wyrm lose matching arms in their first battle against Ash - the former by magic eating through the energy shield he's been casting, and the latter by having it torn off.
  • In Three Dark Crowns the Temple higher ups cut of novice priestess Elizabeth's hand with a serrated knife as punishment for helping Queen Mirabella run away. It is done mostly to punish Mirabella through guilt.
  • Dreadnought has Calamity losing an arm after being hit by Utopia's inversion beam.
  • The Crimson Shadow: Duke Morkney sentences a man to lose a hand (plus all of his property) for stealing.
  • In Ravenor, Carl Thonius loses his right arm to an angry native wielding a chainsword when a routine mission goes horribly wrong. While they manage to surgically reattach the arm, Carl loses the fine motor skills needed for his role as Ravenor’s computer expert, and sinks into depression as a result. He starts dabbling in Chaos-tainted flects as a coping mechanism, which leads to him getting possessed by the daemon Slyte in Ravenor Returned.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Pike takes one of Amilyn's arms.
    • Razor and his gang chain the Buffybot's limbs to their motorcycles. The bikes take off, and the 'Bot is neatly quartered. Yuck.
  • Game of Thrones: In "Walk of Punishment", Jaime Lannister has his right hand cut off by Locke out of spite.
  • The X-Files
    • One Myth Arc plot-line (episodes "Tunguska" and "Terma") has a village of Russian work camp escapees where they amputated everyone's left forearm to remove alien tracking devices implanted by the Government Conspiracy. Mulder managed to get away unscathed; however, Krycek wasn't quite so lucky.
    • "Kill Switch": Mulder got tortured by chopping off his arms and legs as well. First went his arms, then his legs. Turn's out that he was in a Lotus Eater Machine all the time.
  • Roots (1977): The front half of Kunta Kinte's foot was chopped off with an axe to prevent him from running away (again). He had been given the choice of that or being castrated.
  • Arrow: In season 4, Nyssa al Ghul offers a cure to save Thea's life if Oliver only kills Malcolm Merlyn so that she may have control of the League of Assassins. Oliver, however, manages to Take a Third Option by cutting off Merlyn's hand in order to get the ring of Ra's al Ghul from him.
  • Monty Python
    • Discussed, but not depicted, in the lifeboat sketch, in which a group of starving sailors start out discussing cannibalism and end up horse trading about which limbs they're willing to sacrifice in order to feed each other, and culminating in a series of intermittent vignettes about how there is hardly any cannibalism in the Royal Navy, really... well, there is some, but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be, honest.
    • In another sketch, Eric Idle is a soldier in Africa whose leg was bitten off by a tiger. He's completely unfazed by it and asks the doctor when he can expect it to grow back again.
  • Used in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to underscore the importance of keeping all receipts when traveling.
  • Farscape
    • A very disturbing type three is done with one of Pilot's arms by several members of Moya's crew in an early episode. He recovers.
    • In a later episode, another Pilot is missing three arms. It turns out the maddened crew of his ship are eating them, repeatedly, as they regenerate.
    • The season 4 character Sikozu has the ability to reattach appendages. At various times she loses fingers, a hand, and on one occasion An Arm and a Leg.
  • Gotham: Butch Gilzean has his hand chopped off to create a sob-story to infiltrate the Galavans. He later has it replaced with a super-strong prosthetic.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Mack has to cut off Phil's hand to stop the Diviner's effects. Phil's replacement limb has A LOT of bells and whistles.
  • Bandof Brothers - Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye each lose a right leg during a shelling near Bastogne. (Also counts as real life).
  • Dexter gives us the Ice Truck Killer dispersing Tony Tucci around the city, limb segment by limb segment. Tucci survives, but needs a new left leg and right hand.
  • Dollhouse gives us a Type 3 (sort of) with the Japanese security specialist in the Attic, whose worst fear is being seated in a traditional restaurant eating red meat. Without having to cross, bend or fold his legs. "I have to enjoy myself."
  • During the last season of the Battlestar Galactica (2003), Felix Gaeta loses a leg after Starbuck shot him. It becomes one of the reasons he takes part in the attempted mutiny aboard Galactica.
  • In old Saturday Night Live sketches, this happened to Mr. Bill all the time, since Mr. Bill was made of clay.
  • In Justified, Limehouse chops off Quarles' left arm in the season finale. He ends up bleeding to death on the floor, but not before giving away a secret.
  • In Black Adder II, when Blackadder impersonates the imprisoned Lord Farrow (whom he's never seen), he guesses wrong about how much of his limb the one-armed Farrow is missing. When Farrow's wife notices the discrepancy, he ad-libs a story that uses this trope, about how he'd lost the remaining portion of his arm in a fight with another prisoner.
  • In Neighbours, Paul Robinson loses a leg after taking a massive header into a ravine.
  • Several episodes of M*A*S*H dealt with patients who had lost limbs in battle.
  • Paul Milner loses one of his legs just below the knee during the Battle of Norway in the first episode of Foyle's War. He rejoins the police force after being outfitted with a prosthetic leg. His relationship with his wife was already strained, and his injury causes her to leave for good. It doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
  • Angel:
    • Angel does a type 3 with some type 2 (it was in battle but also a deliberate amputation) to Lindsey to get the scroll Lindsey was holding and because Lindsey was threatening Cordelia's life. It later becomes a plot point when Lindsey gets a transplant and it becomes an Evil Hand.
    • Wesley's counterpart in the Skipverse is missing an arm, likely from the same demon who appeared in "Parting Gifts" (but without Angel to help him in this timeline). His fencing skills are still formidable, though.
    Wesley: "Ah, Kungai demon. Couple of years ago."
  • Highlander had type 2 with Xavier St.Cloud, while fighting Duncan in a season one episode. When he returned in season 2, he was wearing a prosthetic arm.
    • Joe Dawson. In a season 4 flashback, it's shown that lost both of his legs after stepping on a mine while serving in the Marines in the Vietnam War. His platoon sergeant, an Immortal, carried him on his back to an aid station. Later, in the hospital, he is approached about joining the Watchers.
      • Joe's portrayor, Jim Byrnes, lost both of his legs in a car accident.
  • There was a type 3 in an episode of Oz. Ryan O'Reilly asked Enrique Morales to make sure Glen Chupe had an accident bad enough to put him out of action for a while without killing him. Morales cut off one of Chupe's arms.
  • Type 2 in The City Hunter: Jin-pyo loses a leg saving Yun Sung from a land mine.
  • In Season 3 of 24, Jack had to cut a guy's hand off with an axe because he was handcuffed to a bomb. It was later said that doctors reattached the guy's hand.
    • A bad guy was captured and volunteered to lead them to the bad guy lair, so they put a chip in his upper arm in case he changed his mind. So, he cut his arm off. He later died from this flesh wound.
  • An episode of Chicago Hope dealt with a man whose left arm and right hand were severed in a train mishap, leading the orthopedic specialist (played by Mark Harmon) to do a cross-handed transplant, attaching his left hand to his right arm.
    • Another episode involved a man who was severely injured in a car crash. The car was so mangled that the victim's leg was stuck, and the victim was so badly hurt he needed to be treated immediately or risk dying. To free him, Dr. Kronk used a chainsaw to cut the man's leg off. It's later revealed that the injured man is an NFL placekicker.
  • In Second season episode of Nikita Nikita cuts off Michael's hand in order to save his life when he's pinned under a car by it
  • In The Walking Dead:
    • Merle cuts off his own hand to escape from a roof where he's been left handcuffed to a pipe. He returns in the third season with a knife attachment.
    • Merle also gets two fingers bitten off by the governor right before being killed by him.
    • Rick and Carol meet a couple named Ana and Sam in one episode. After they promised to help find medical supplies, Ana (who has a bum foot) failed to turn up at the rendezvous point. Rick and Carol come across Ana's severed leg and walkers feeding on a corpse a few dozen yards away.
    • Hershel gets his leg amputated by Rick after it gets bitten be a walked.
    • Bob Stookey gets a leg cut off and it is eaten by the Terminus cannibals.
    • Walkers lose limbs a lot. One of the more graphic displays of this occurs when Michonne reveals that her undead pack mules can be used to deter other Walkers. Said "mules" are armless and are missing their teeth.
    • Tyreese has an arm amputated after it's bitten, but dies from blood loss/infection anyway.
  • Played for laughs in Red Dwarf. As Lister is infected with the Epideme virus, it localizes itself in his right hand. Kryten amputates it, but the virus moves up Lister's arm, forcing him to amputate more and more of the limb. Eventually most of it is gone, and it didn't even eliminate all of the virus.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Dr. Whale gets his arm ripped off by the man he brought back to life. He brings it to Mr. Gold for healing, prompting this line:
    Mr. Gold: When they say I charge an arm and a leg, it's just a figure of speech.
  • One episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit centers on the abduction and death of a girl who had her leg amputated (she died of complications from the anesthetic). The guy who found her leg found one some time earlier ("two days before the planes hit the towers")... and its owner is not only still alive, but was paid twenty-five grand to have it taken off. The man responsible is a psychiatrist whose mother lost her leg when he was thirteen; once he went into his line of work, he met a girl who lost her leg to bone cancer and came out of the experience with a better outlook on life. The combination led him to believe that women are only truly beautiful when they've had a leg removed.
  • MythQuest: Cleo has her hand cut off when she grabs a pumpkin vine to prevent it from being cut.
  • In the pilot of Helix, Peter Farragut, a research scientist infected with The Virus, kills and maims a member of his research facility's security team, severing his lower arm. Though this initially seems like brute violence it is entirely deliberate. Peter's subdermal RFID chip has been deactivated, and he's deduced that he needs a Borrowed Biometric Bypass to access labs containing other researchers, the better to carry out The Virus' behavioral imperative to infect others.
  • Red Band Society features Leo Roth, a cancer patient who had to have his right leg amputated. His new roommate in the hospital is Jordi Palacios, who is initially believed to have a similar case and requires an amputation himself. It turns out Jordi has a different type of cancer, and amputation wouldn't be necessary at that point.
  • Nog from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine loses a leg at AR-558, leading to severe PTSD.
  • In Defiance, Datak cuts off his arm to get away from an explosion targeted on a beacon in the arm while still leaving the beacon where it needs to be.
  • A segment of Untold Stories of the E.R. had the patient come into the hospital with a bloody stump and an oddly serene attitude. Investigators found his severed hand in his freezer and he refused to let surgeons attempt to reattach it. It's revealed that he was diagnosed with body integrity identity disorder and referred to a psychologist.
  • Grey's Anatomy has Arizona lose her leg in a plane crash, causing lots of angst about it for a long time.
  • ER:
    • Romano loses an arm to a helicopter rotor. A year and a half later, after his prosthesis has failed, he is killed by another helicopter falling on him.
    • Ray Barnett has both of his legs amputated after getting run over by a truck. He later has them replaced with prosthetics.
  • In China Beach, Boonie is trapped in rising water and has to have both legs amputated below the knee.
  • CSI: In "Disarmed & Dangerous", the Victim of the Week is beaten to death by an attacker who is in such a steroid-fulled rage that he literally rips the victim's arm off.
  • The Handmaid's Tale:
    • Women reading is punishable by them losing a hand.
    • Warren Putnam undergoes the surgical removal of his hand as punishment for his sins.
  • Legend of the Seeker: One of the Confessors had her hand cut off by the D'Harans, though thankfully Zedd can restore it with magic.
  • Outlander: Fergus has his hand cut off by British soldiers for taunting them.
  • The Defenders (2017):
    • Stick cuts off his own right hand when Alexandra and Elektra are holding him captive.
    • When Alexandra is testing out Elektra's fighting skills, we can see that at least two of the ninjas that Elektra killed have lost limbs.
    • In the climax, Misty Knight loses her right arm above the elbow when diving to stop Bakuto from decapitating Claire. This causes her to gain the iconic robotic right arm she sports in the comics, starting in Luke Cage (2016) season 2.
  • Luke Cage (2016): Prior to losing her right arm for real in Midland Circle, Misty had almost lost it from excessive blood loss and damage from getting shot by Diamondback in Harlem's Paradise, but medical intervention from Luke and Claire managed to save it.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): Kilgrave gets rid of his father by ordering one half of the gay couple he's enslaved to "remove Dad from the face of the Earth". This means cutting off Albert's arms at the shoulders with a hacksaw, while the other half is forced to inject himself with drain cleaner. Even worse, the sole survivor is himself physically unharmed despite chopping off Albert's arms with a hacksaw and stuffing one of them down a garbage disposal. Meaning he now has to live with not only his husband's death but the horrors he himself was forced to commit. Even worse, Albert is still clinging on to life when Jessica finds him.
  • The Punisher (2017): Curtis Hoyle is Frank Castle's best friend and a former Navy SARC. When they were serving in Afghanistan, Curtis lost his left leg below the knee to a pregnant suicide bomber, and now gets by walking around with a prosthetic. Frank has been torn up about it ever since because he was supposed to be securing the area, but he didn't stop or shoot the bomber because she was a woman and she was pregnant, like Maria was at the time.

  • In the Vocaloid song "Fear Garden," Rin cuts off people's arms to use as flowers in her garden.
    • In one of the PVsnote  for a different Vocaloid song, "Hello, Planet," Miku's arm falls off due to damage from the debris-rain. However, it is restored when her tear makes the plant grow and it carries her all the way to heaven.
  • In Eric Bogle's song "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a young Australian soldier loses his legs in World War I:
    And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
    I looked at the place where my legs used to be
    And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
    To grieve and to mourn and to pity.
  • In Iron Maiden's concert video, Raising Hell, one of the illusions magician Simon Drake did involved cutting off guitarist Dave Murray's hands.
  • In the traditional Irish song "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye", which shares a tune with "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "The Ants Go Marching", the returning soldier the song is sung about is missing at least one arm and one leg, in addition to having been blinded.
  • Metallica's "One" is about a soldier who was wounded by a land mine but, unfortunately, survived.
    Landmine has taken my sight
    Taken my speech
    Taken my hearing
    Taken my arms
    Taken my legs
    Taken my soul
    Left me with life in hell
  • In Barrett's Privateers, the Canadian crew of inept privateers try to hunt American merchant ships during the American Revolutionary War, and their sole survivor ends up arriving legless at Halifax, damning everyone in the world.
  • In the Fall Out Boy music video for “The Phoenix”, Patrick's left hand is chopped off to separate him from the MacGuffin. The injury remains for the rest of the Youngblood Chronicles and he wears a Hook Hand for most of the series.

    Myths & Legends 
  • The MacAllister family crest includes a severed hand holding a dirk. The story behind it was that one of the MacAllisters was in a boat race out to a sand dune and back, with the first to touch shore winning. Upon realizing he was not going to beat his opponent, he cut off his hand, put his dirk with family crest in it for identity, and then threw it onto the beach for the win.
  • The Irish god Nuada did something similar to the MacAllister above — the first to touch Irish soil would be the one who ruled, so in order to defeat his rival he cut off his own hand and threw it onto the beach. (Problem was, a maimed man cannot rule, so he had to wait until another god built him a silver hand.)
  • At the bend of the river Scheldt, legend tells of a giant who demanded toll from everyone who wanted to sail past his fortress. If they couldn't or didn't want to pay the toll, the giant (Sus Antigoon) cut off their hand as punishment. Silvius Brabo, a Roman soldier, sought to bring an end to Antigoon's cruelty and defeated him. After this defeat Brabo cut off Antigoon's own hand and threw it into the Scheldt. Supposedly this is where the city of Antwerp, Belgium got its name from. "Hand" & "Werpen" (to throw).
  • The Norse god Tyr lost his hand to Fenrir.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Becky from Funky Winkerbean lost her left arm in a drunk driving accident, caused by Wally Winkerbean... her future husband.
  • In Doonesbury, B.D. lost his leg in Iraq.

  • Dice Funk: Jayne loves tearing the arms off of her foes and even keeps one in her pack. This is arguably an Establishing Character Moment.
  • In SAYER, Jack is forced to remove a pound of his flesh to conceal a stolen device in his pocket from floor scales—and allowed to choose between flaying a section of his torso or amputating his left hand. He chooses the amputation.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In both 3.5 and 4th editions of Dungeons & Dragons artificers that become reforged remove one of their limbs and replaces it with an artificial one.
  • Often done voluntarily in Cyberpunk 2013/2020 in order to replace it with metal.
  • In Pathfinder, followers of Zon-Kuthon consider this an honor.
  • Fairly standard practice in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, many characters will have their limbs removed and replaced with mechanical devices:
    • Adeptus Mechanicus priests require this of themselves. Young adepts will have some augmentation, but are still wholly human. Skitarii and regular Adepts will have a good few limbs replaced and augmented with bionics. Senior Adepts will be more machine than man, and often have replaced all of their limbs (and parts of their brain in extreme cases).
    • The Iron Hands chapter requires the amputation of one of their hands as a rite of initiation, which is replaced with a bionic replacement. This is to honor their founder, Ferrus Manus, who slew a dragon by drowning it in lava; the lava fused the dragon's metallic skin to Ferrus's hands.
    • In one version of the fluff, whatever happened to end Rogal Dorn's life apparently left his hands behind, the skeletal remains of which have the names of various Imperial Fist champions etched (in minute detail) into them over the millennia.
    • Most of the Ork's "medicine" boils down to "find a spare, lob it off, then get sewing". This sometimes extends to their heads as well. They were intentionally created to allow this sort of patchwork surgery to work and to survive the horrible shock of losing multiple limbs without dying. Most notably the Power Klaws often look like they're not gloves, but bionic replacements for their hands (not that an ork minds it).
  • In the Shadowrun novel 2XS protagonist Dirk Montgomery loses his arm when it gets burned by the magic spell of the wasp spirit queen. Luckily for him, he gets a cyberarm installed for free as a reward for taking out the insect spirit hive.

  • In William Shakespeare's works:
    • Parodied in The Merchant of Venice when Bassanio's new wife demands the wedding ring he has been forced to give away:
      Bassanio: Why, I were best to cut my left hand off
      And swear I lost the ring defending it.
    • In Titus Andronicus:
      • Lavinia has both her hands cut off—after being brutally raped and having her tongue cut out.
      • Titus is forced to cut his own hand off and send it as ransom for his kidnapped sons. They're beheaded anyway. It's a cheery play.
    • Mentioned is Twelfth Night as part of the reason Antonio the pirate is wanted in Illyria: he instigated a sea-fight in which the duke's nephew lost a leg.note 

    Video Games 
  • Metal Gear Solid: Ocelot (type 3 when he loses an arm thanks to Gray Fox and type 1 the second), Liquid (type 3, post-death, his arm was removed by Ocelot to replace his own missing arm), Gray Fox (type 3), Raiden (several occasions, type 1 and type 2 as of Revengeance)... in 4, even the Metal Gears themselves lose limbs.
    • Big Boss and Miller lose an arm, and a literal arm and leg, respectively, in the aftermath of Ground Zeroes. Hence the name of the main game, The Phantom Pain.
  • In the second chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, Guybrush loses his left hand in a swordfight.
  • Dead Space
    • The game is literally begging you to cut off the necromorphs' limbs to effectively deal with them.
    • An audio log found in the second half of the game documents a (former) survivor's efforts to remove his own limbs before committing suicide so his remains couldn't be turned into a necromorph. It doesn't work.
    • Also, in prequel game Dead Space Extraction, the main character Nathan Mc Neill has to amputate his own arm after a huge Necromorph impales it and he needs to get out of there fast.
  • Partway through Fear Effect, Glas gets his arm cut off. He gets it back in the true ending. Notably, this is one of the few cases in video games where the trope affects not only the plot but the gameplay; Glas is, naturally, unable to dual-wield his weapons after that point.
  • Gene from God Hand had his right arm cut off by Felix when he tried to save Olivia. Olivia repaid him by putting the titular limb on the stump. Later, Azel tears the left God Hand off of himself in a panic as he is being consumed by Angra.
  • In Ratchet: Deadlocked, Al is hit with a blaster shot and has several parts replaced by cybernetics. The blaster only hit Al in the butt, yet he winds up with cybernetics in many random and seemingly unrelated places, leading some fans to suspect Al is just a little too into robots. Perhaps he had an "interface port" installed for Helga...
  • Shinobu in No More Heroes has her hand sliced off by Travis after the fight (type 3).
  • Hopes to BlazBlue that Ragna doesn't lose a limb in every installment of the main series; he's currently lost one arm to type 3 and his other to type 2 to save Noel.
  • During the Etherstorm saga from AdventureQuest Worlds, Galanoth, Dragonslayer extraordinaire, goes up against Desoloth, quite possibly the most powerful dragon in existence, and tries to take him down. Unfortunately, Desoloth bites off Galanoth's arm, and is only saved from death by his friend Warlic summoning up all his magical power to restore him. Unfortunately, he cannot bring back Galanoth's arm, so he has to get a new one, which he obtains from X'Dir who had sought to use it as a bargaining chip to try to get Galanoth to join Desoloth during the Etherstorm War, only to meet with the Dragonslayer's full-on wrath.
  • In Brain Dead 13, Lance can end up dead like this in a "manicure" if you don't help him escape Vivi's attempts to cut off his hand.
  • In The Walking Dead the player can choose to initiate a type 3 when a man's leg gets trapped. Especially notable because not only are you the one to do it, it's rather realistic; being incredibly gory, and even with you brandishing a fire axe, it takes four swings to make it all the way through, the receiver passing out from shock and soon after dying due to blood loss.
    • And in Episode 5, after he's bitten, Lee can cut his arm off (or have someone else do it) in an attempt to save himself from the zombie infection. It doesn't work; he'll die at the end of the episode no matter what.
    • In a much less severe case, in the third season Clementine is missing half of her left ring finger.
  • Modern Warfare. Then-Lieutenant Price and Captain MacMillan attempt to assassinate Renegade Russian Imran Zakhaev, whose arm gets blown off in the process. MacMillan assumes that shock and blood loss will finish him off. They don't.
  • Buried: An Interactive Story uses the Deliberate version. Roger has the chance to use his gun and save Dennis from the entities, but knows that shooting would blast off Dennis's hand. It's up to the player whether he goes through with it.
  • Becker's left arm gets ripped off in Max Payne 3 when one of his own grenades explode in close proximity.
  • In The Cat Lady, this is the first Sacrifice of Blood necessary to leave the Queen of Maggots' realm and return to the world of the living. Fortunately, it's only temporary.
  • In the final DLC of Dragon Age: Inquisition Solas removes most of the Inquisitor's left arm in order to prevent the mark from consuming them completely However, certain epilogues show that they get a crossbow Arm Cannon to replace it
  • This trope is used in Xenoblade Chronicles X as the cornerstone of its Robotic Reveal.
  • Aaron Cash of the Batman: Arkham Series, after a nasty run-in with Killer Croc, is left with a missing left hand, and a deep burning hatred for the supervillain.
  • Taming Dreams has Berdanre, who's lost his arm, leg and spouse in a tragic accident.
  • In Undertale, during the final fight with Mettaton EX, you can blow his arms and legs off if you shoot his heart enough. This lowers the required Ratings level needed to Spare him.
  • In Wasteland 2 Casey James performs a type 1 in order to ensure peace between two feuding tribes.
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard's Ethan Winters has his left arm chopped off in the game's prologue, and the same can happen to one of his legs if Jack catches up to him. They both get reattached almost immediately thanks to Ethan's infection.

    Visual Novels 
  • Shirou of Fate/stay night in the Heaven's Feel route loses his left arm. This also counts as Major Injury Underreaction. ("Man, I panicked too much. All I lost was my left arm!") Shirou's arm is later replaced by Archer's.
  • In Winter Shard, Frederick gets his right arm torn off by Temonz. He gets a replacement right arm that can tear through flesh and drain the warmth from any living and undead being after making a deal with Krotus.
  • Type 3 happens in Chaos;Head when Nanami's right hand gets cut off and then send to the main character, as a way to intimidate him.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, both Emi Ibarazaki and Miki Miura went through Type 2 in their backstories. Emi was involved in a car accident that cost her both her legs and her father. Miki lost her left hand in an undisclosed workshop incident.
  • In the School Days Updated Re Release, there's a bad end where Kotonoha is on the receiving end of a Type 3. After Makoto chooses her over Sekai, the mentally broken Sekai goes Murder the Hypotenuse and pushes Kotonoha on the train line they're standing next to. Makoto tries to catch Kotonoha but fails to save her from being hit by the train... and finds himself holding the dead Kotonoha's torn-off hand.
  • During the climactic battle scene of Grisaia no Rakuen Travis walks calmly to the battlefield to face Yuuji. When he arrives, he's horrified to realize everyone is already dead and he has no idea where Yuuji is. Before he realizes anything is wrong, Yuuji takes his left hand with a combat knife, causing him to fire wildly with the gun in his right hand before he loses that too.
  • Depending on the player’s choices in Sunrider Mask of Arcadius, Ava Crescentia can lose her right arm (along with her right eye) when a console explodes in her face. The sequel shows that she survived and that the Sunrider’s medics were able to regenerate her arm, though she’ll wear a glove throughout the game as its skin tone doesn’t match the rest of her body yet.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance sees Colossus missing his right hand and part of his right leg below the knee after the fight with an Odinforce-empowered Doctor Doom. This was reversed with all the rest of the horrible things Doom wreaked when Odin got his powers back.

    Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated:
    • Mystery tore off Arthur's possessed arm, but only after ??? used it and the other bits of Arthur it had gained control of to murder Lewis.
    • Lewis burnt Shiromori's arm to a crisp and as it started crumbling to dust he ripped off the hand that was holding his locket. She regrew it and her head, which Lewis had punched off, very quickly to his surprise.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • The Blubb-O's Drive-Thru Whale entreats customers to "Sever your leg, please. It's the greatest day!"
    • In "DNA Evidence", Bubs tells Marzipan that analyzing the DNA evidence she found will cost her "an arm and a leg". Marzipan, who has neither arms nor legs, replies "Not a problem."
  • RWBY:
    • At some point in Mercury's past, he lost both of his legs and had them replaced with prosthetic limbs. This eventually becomes extremely useful to the villains. Mercury is very sensitive to Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance and is able to assess her abilities after only seconds of sparring allowing him to gather valuable intelligence about her that Cinder can exploit. He is also capable of withstanding Yang's Semblance-empowered attacks and make it appear as though his legs are broken without being genuinely harmed. This allows Emerald to use her powers to frame both Yang and Pyrrha, and by extension Ozpin (as their headmaster), without Mercury being injured or anyone catching on.
    • At the end of Volume 3, Adam vows to Blake that he will destroy everything she cares about. When he sees her horrified reaction upon realising Yang is trying to find her, Adam decides to start with Yang, cutting off her arm when she rushes in to save Blake. Blake is so guilt-ridden that she goes on the run. In Volume 4, Yang struggles to come to terms with the loss of her arm and suffers PTSD in the form of nightmares and flashbacks to Adam maiming her. When Ironwood, without prompting, commissions a state-of-the-art cybernetic replacement for Yang, Oobleck tells her that there are a lot of people who want her back to "normal", but does not elaborate on who or why. Yang only reluctantly accepts the arm and begins to wear it when she realises that the reason Taiyang isn't searching for Ruby, who has left to hunt the villains with only Jaune's team for company, is because Taiyang cannot look after Yang and search for Ruby at the same time.

    Web Comics 
  • Basi of Without Moonlight recieved serious injuries during a mission before the story started, resulting in an amputated arm.
  • Dominic Deegan had one of his legs blown off when Raf Malish's soul exploded and he was caught in the blast radius.
  • Happens several times in Drowtales with golem limbs being common replacements.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court starts to get dramatic when we see in flashback how Antimony's father Anthony lost his forearm. He cut it off himself, on advice from the psychopomps, as a 'flesh antenna' to allow him to speak to his dead wife.
  • Blaster Nation has been building up since the beginning to the story of how Logan lost his arm and became unable to work as a butcher (and amazingly resentful of his son). Lacking the support of his wife and son on an overloaded workday, he got tired and careless while trying to unjam the meat grinder.
  • Missing arms are a recurring motif in Homestuck, along with wounds to the eye.
    • Caliborn bites off his own leg to escape the shackle placed on it by his sister after assuming full control of their shared body.
  • Paradigm Shift: A werewolf attacking in a frenzy is shown ripping the arm from a terrified vagrant — one of several attacks mostly shown by their human-jigsaw aftermath. The author has studied anatomy with care, and it shows.
  • Girl Genius
    • Oggie summarily amputates Dimo's left arm to save him from a bioweapon infection. Unlike most examples of version one, Dimo is actually grateful for the intervention.
    • Later, Captain Vole casually tears the arm off an assassin to counter his Deadman Switch.
    • In a side-story, Agatha is happy to get a chance to test her Pocket De-Arming Device, which chops off its target's arms.
  • A particular squicky example of Type 3 appears in Flipside: when Bloody Mary chews Maytag's hand off, Maytag's primary complaint was she wasn't awake to experience it. Maytag then kindly allows Mary to eat the rest of her arm as well, because Mary needs the food and that's just the sort of girl Maytag is. Anything for a new thrill!
  • Angels 2200: On her very first day in captivity one of Hammer's captors cuts off her hand in revenge for the death of her son.
  • Karate Bears rewrite goldilocks to their advantage.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, Claire's father cut her hands off at the Devil's orders.
  • The monster Mr. Fingers in Goblins can disintegrate the bodies of creatures that touch it.
    "Your kind grows its limbs back, right?"
  • In Schlock Mercenary, a lieutenant lost his arm in the first job.
    • Elf Also had her legs blown off at the knees and replaced with mech legs. She was actually fairly happy with the replacements as they added significantly to her then short stature. Said legs were even used at one point as a blast barrier, by Capt. Taggon.
  • In Creative Release, a webcomic with a fruits theme going on, two apple-themed characters are missing their right arm.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Durkon's mother is missing one arm in a flashback scene.
  • In Prophecy of the Circle, Annen Duskeir lose an arm after having been bitten by a tekk during a battle and expelled from Oros with no choice but to return to Tieke City without medical care during his trip in the desert. This handicap makes him more likely to lose his balance.
  • The post-apocalyptic setting of The Demon Archives makes this inevitable, but more surprising is when it happens to protagonist Tenzin fairly early in the story, as he literally loses one arm and one leg in battle.
  • Archipelago actually manages to invert this seemingly un-invertable trope: Raven starts as a disembodied spirit and his body gradually becomes more complete as he becomes more and more human. He's completely corporeal except for his right arm and wing by chapter nine. He looks like an amputee but he's actually the reverse.
  • In BACK this is how Abigail finally manages to defeat the Dead Man (a.k.a. "Damned" Heat): by flinging a guillotie blade at his legs whilst he's making a whirlwind, slicing his feet clean off.
  • In Harbourmaster, Tal loses his left arm to Mormo's attack at the beginning of One Deal is What We Made.

    Web Original 
  • Does it surprise anybody that even this trope has its own genre of internet pornography? Didn't think so. It's often depicted as an extreme (and permanent) form of bondage.
  • MSF High: Fable lost her left arm while summoning a large creature of the void to save her coven.
  • In the Project Freelancer flashback sequences of Red vs. Blue, there's an Insurrectionist soldier who (somehow) survives a MAC strike with nothing worse than his left arm being blown off, and replaced by a cybernetic replacement. In Season 10, he loses said arm to a knife-throw from Carolina, shortly before being blown away by Maine's Brute Shot. A deleted scene reveals that he survives that, too, having lost his other arm.
  • In The Most Popular Girls in School, the cheerleaders and the Van Burens fight for Deandra The New Girl's loyalty, which results in a tug-of-war that rips off both of Deandra's arms (And the viewers can't even pretend it didn't happen, because the characters like bringing it up in later episodes). This causes Trisha to deliver a hilarious "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Ashley Katchadourian for failing to watch the bathroom door. Later Deandra has them replaced with one realistic-looking prosthetic and one cyborg arm— she couldn't decide on one set.
  • In To Welcome Oblivion, Kaya Seratin's arms are violently severed off by Rhett Talbot nine years prior to the events of the story.
  • Toki lost her right leg in a landmine accident.
  • From Killerbunnies, we have Oleander, who technically lost her leg to an accident in that the accident caused her to suffer an injury, warranting amputation. Atlasnaya is mentioned to have lost an arm and leg each to an accident, after she was sold to the Bratfa.
  • In the first episode of Fist Master, Martial Ape, an evil Jerkass sensei in the mold of John Kreese, tries to challenge Panchi, the teacher of main characters Akio and Red. Panchi agrees if Martial Ape can defeat Red. When the two fight Red promptly kicks his ass, with Martial Ape only getting in one or two blows while Red leaves him crying for mercy, and she was still warming up and hadn't gotten serious yet. When Red spares him, however, Martial Ape goes to backstab her, only for Panchi to suddenly do a Flash Step, grab ahold of one of his arms, and initiate the following conversation:
    Panchi: On a scale of one to ten, how attached are you to this arm?
    Martial Ape: Ten! Ten!!!
    Panchi: [Rips Ape's arm off] Not anymore.

    Western Animation 
  • Justice League: In the episode "The Enemy Below", Aquaman cuts off his hand to save his son.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Superman blasts Aquaman's right arm off with his heat vision to try and save Cyborg, as Aquaman is about to impale Cyborg's exposed heart.
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: In the episode "The Champ" Big Guy fights with an alien invader, Po, who threatens to blow the Earth up if his challenge is refused. As a gesture of good Faith, Big Guy offers a handshake at the start of the fight. Po uses this as an opportunity to yank Big Guy off of his feet. During their rematch later that episode, Big Guy offers a handshake again, and Po once again takes advantage... except this time the arm was meant to come off, and explodes hilariously in Po's face.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: It's implied that Zachary Foxx's bionics had to be installed due to injuries he received in the pilot episode. He takes a couple of direct blaster hits to his left side.
  • Futurama
  • The Simpsons
  • In the original Thunder Cats, a villain threatens to do this to a hostage during a Prison Riot unless Mandora surrenders. (The hostage was an android, possibly why the writers figured it wouldn't matter, but that didn't make the poor guy's pleas for mercy sound any less discomforting. Fortunately, Mandora agrees and they let him go.)
  • Thunder Cats 2011 manages to pull this off despite an affinity for Bloodless Carnage.
    • "Ramlak Rising" gives us a type 3 in the peg-legged Fishman Captain Koinelius Tunar, who lost his leg (and an eye) to the titular Ramlak, a Sand Sea monster who destroyed his people's homeland.
    • "Between Brothers" has a type 2 when Panthro, in an effort to defeat his Arch-Enemy Grune, restrains him on the threshold of a collapsing magical portal, fully expecting to die with him when it closes. Instead, Panthro suffers an instantly-cauterizing Portal Cut, losing both arms mid-bicep.
  • Qilby in Wakfu lost his left arm when Phaeris the dragon bit it off when he helped end Qilby's world-wrecking rampage in the past.
  • In the second season of Legion of Super-Heroes, Lightning Lad's arm is blasted off by one Imperiex's cannon blasts. He later has a mechanical replacement fitted.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears; in one episode, Gruffi uses a mechanical suit of armor to infiltrate Igthorn's castle and rescue King Gregor. When its arm is clubbed off while fighting Igthorn's ogre, the bad guys are surprised when it casually picks it up and reattaches it. Well, it looks like it's doing so casually. As a shot of Gruffi fixing it inside the suit reveals, sweating and worried as he does so, it's not as easy as it looks.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man has Dr Curt Connors, whose arm gets crushed at the end of the first season when the Green Goblin attacks the Helicarrier. His arm is amputated between seasons, and the direct consequences of this lead to him becoming the Lizard in season two.
  • Adventure Time: Shoko's parents sold her right arm for a computer.
  • In Young Justice, the original Roy Harper/'Speedy' had part of his right arm amputated by Cadmus scientists, from which they drew DNA to perfect their cloning technology for the creation of the second Roy Harper/'Red Arrow'. He was later able to replace it with a high-tech weapon developed by LexCorp, whereupon he took on the name 'Arsenal'.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Krabs' attempt to retrieve a stray dime in "Squid's Day Off" lands him in the hospital due to this trope.
    Mr. Krabs: ME ARMS!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): In the episode "Tale of Tiger Claw", Tiger Claw's mutant sister Alopex decides to spare her brother's life. But when he tries to shoot her in the back, Alopex proceeds to cut off his right arm, warning him that she could've easily taken his life instead.

    Real Life 
  • Aron Ralston is a well-known Real Life type 1 example; his arm became trapped under a boulder while hiking, and he wound up cutting it off when it became clear that his choice was between self-amputation and death by dehydration. The film 127 Hours was made about his trial.
  • Surfer Bethany Hamilton lost one of her arms in a shark attack. She too had a movie made about her life, Soul Surfer.
  • There's a psychological condition (curiously found nearly entirely in men) where the sufferer feels that the only way for them to be comfortable with their own body is to have a limb removed. Standard hospital practice is to transfer anyone who requests a healthy limb be removed into psychotherapy. Unfortunately, some such people have died of complications after having a Back-Alley Doctor take their limbs off.
    • Research into ways to help people cope with amputation trauma has raised the possibility that some cases of Body Integrity disorder may be caused by a lack of mirror neurons in the brain. In those cases psychological assistance won't do any good.
  • The Hudud punishment for theft and highway robbery (without homicide) is to amputee the person's hands.
  • A good percentage of sportsmen and women who partake in the Paralympic Games, as it's one of the physical impairments that allows them to partake in the games.
    • Oscar Pistorius was the first double leg amputee to take part in the Olympic Games (he took part in the Paralympic Games as well). His amputations later became a key point when he was accused of murder - it was asked whether he'd been wearing his prosthetic legs or not.
  • In the Battle of Trafalgar, Spanish commander and Badass Bookworm Cosme Damian Churruca got both of his legs ripped off via a very well-placed English cannon shot. He still did what he could to give instructions until he bled to death.
    • Speaking of the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson had only one arm, the other having been amputated some years earlier.
  • Mapuche chieftain Galvarino was subjected to this by the Spaniards. He later had blades attached to his stumps and returned to fight with his people.
  • In 1194, Duke Leopold V of Austria had his foot crushed when his horse fell on him at a tournament in Graz. While advised by his surgeons to have the foot amputated, none declared competence to do so; he ordered his servants to chop it off with an axe, after three swings succeeding. Nonetheless, he succumbed to gangrene and died.
  • Retired Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, who lost parts of all four limbs in Afghanistan.
  • The Belgian Congo's Force Publique were responsible for a disturbingly high number of cut hands, given mutilation was the punishment for enslaved natives that didn't fit their work quotas, and the soldiers had to bring the hands of the people they shot as proof the bullets were not spent hunting. And at times the troops would exploit a Loophole Abuse, cutting the limbs off random people. Fingore was also a "standard" punishment for slaves of all kinds. Double if they were former prisoners of war.
  • The combination of powerful bullets and primitive medical technology made the loss of limbs very common as a result of wounds in the The American Civil War. Probably the most notable example was Confederate General John Bell Hood, who lost the use of his left arm at Gettysburg and later lost his right leg at Chickamauga. Amazingly, this did not derail his military career, as he went on to become commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.