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Sometimes you need a helping hand. One that's made of metal. And awesome.

"A chainsaw can remove a limb,
or act as a replacement."
Showbread, "Dead By Dawn"

A number of heroes and villains in video games, anime and science fiction either start off with or receive an artificial limb over the course of the story, usually to offset the poignant loss of an appendage. This can either be due to an injury, or in rare cases intentional mutilation. Said prosthetics will almost always function perfectly, as if the character had never lost the limb to begin with, save for malfunctions that relate to the story.

Artificial limbs will often grant superhuman strength, frequently overlooking the fact that even if your arm has the strength to lift a tanker truck, doing so would very probably crush your spine unless it were similarly reinforced. Or, the arm will bend, but follow the path of least resistance, and simply rip itself out of the shoulder joint.

If you're in an era where cybernetics are not just in the future but ridiculously so, never fear: the Rule of Cool allows you to get Steampunk limbs instead. Nevermind that this makes little sense in terms of nerve connections and power source. A fantasy world may substitute magical prosthetic limbs (based on the magic that produces the Golem), but this is rare since such worlds can usually use the same magic to regenerate lost limbs instead.


The darker the setting, the more likely cyber-bits are to cause loss of humanity of some sort—sometimes it's actually called "soul", but you often get workarounds like "essence" or "vitality", and magic wielders, in settings that have both, generally can't have too much cyberware. Especially common in roleplaying games, as a balancing measure so that rich characters can't just have their whole bodies replaced.

Quite fortunately, this is also a case of Truth in Television. While they can't give you superhuman powers, prosthetic limbs are becoming more and more advanced, allowing people who've lost a limb a chance to live more normal lives. As a real-life example of the belief that artificial limbs may be better in some ways than biological ones, the International Association of Athletics Federations has banned certain artificial limbs in competitions it governs, including the Olympics, due to a still controversial claim that certain prosthetics may provide some athletes with an unfair advantage.


See also Brain–Computer Interface for characters getting "jacks" implanted to connect to computers via cable (or even LAN!), and Swiss Army Appendage for characters who hot-swap their Artificial Limbs. Often a result of the We Can Rebuild Him style of Emergency Transformation. If the limb is awesome enough, it might be a Badass Transplant, and is usually an example of Fashionable Asymmetry. Often can result in Limb-Sensation Fascination when someone explores their new limb. See Prosthetic Limb Reveal for instances where a character is suddenly revealed to have an artificial limb or two despite not looking like they'd have any. For someone who keeps getting prosthetics, see Serial Prostheses.

An alternative is Cloning Body Parts, where the missing organ is simply replaced with a cloned copy. If a species is merely born with strange appendages, that's Bizarre Alien Limbs.

Specific types of Artificial Limbs include:


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 3×3 Eyes: the Juuma known as Jia Zhi Gu (Prosthetic Arm Insect) can take the form of a fully functional arm on a person besides the summoner, which is first seen when Yakumo uses it to give Hahn a new left arm. When activated, Jia Zhi Gu can turn said arm into a massive scythe-like appendage for battle and when used by Yakumo it takes the form of a set of bladed limbs and wings attached to his shoulders. For the bad guys, Spazug wears a monstrous bug-like to replace his missing arm, with the bonus of having a shield ability to repeal magic attacks.
  • In Basquash!, Iceman Hotty has some made by Thousant after getting his left arm and leg cut off by Price.
  • Battle Angel Alita features similar levels of cybernetic enhancement as well as ordinary robotic limbs depending on how badly damaged a body is or (at least in the Scrapyard) how deeply into debt one is willing to go. Also in the sky city Zalem/Tiphares above the aforementioned pit all adults have their brains uploaded into, and replaced by, microcomputers without their knowledge.
  • In Berserk, the main character, Guts, loses his left forearm to a monster during the hellish ordeal where his friends in the Band of the Hawk are sacrificed so that their band's former leader, Griffith, can become one of the evil Godhand. His forearm is replaced by a Steampunk prosthetic which quadruples as a gunpowder cannon, a repeating crossbow mount, and improvised club.
    • Although the aforementioned hand's microcannon is reassuringly fictional in medieval history, the hand itself is more real than you might expect. Although the author of Berserk claims the resemblance to be purely coincidental, a German mercenary named Götz von Berlichingen had a very similar prosthetic hand 500 years ago. Really.
    • Also, the hand's only function is to look more human, and act as a cover for the cannon. The arm was lost right below the elbow, so he can still bend it, but the fingers don't work. There is a magnet in the palm, to help Guts hold his BFS. Oddly enough, possibly for convenience's sake, the fingers do still bend and function like living fingers sometimes. Following the acquisition of the Berserker Armor, however, the hand has begun acting like a live human hand, most likely due to the armor's supernatural influence.
  • Bleach:
    • Kukaku Shiba has a Bamboo Technology wooden prosthetic arm. However, in the manga, she has no such replacement.
    • Gigai are prosthetic bodies to allow shinigami to interact with mortals and (mod) soul pills act as prosthetic minds to control gigai or bodies while their normal occupants are performing shinigami business.
  • Karl and James from Blood+ receive Schiff limbs after being amputated.
  • In the sequel to Brave10, it turns out there are two characters with fully functional artificial hands Hanzo (who lost his to Isanami when he tried to control her at the climax of the first manga) and Jinpachi (lost before he joined the Braves).
  • Kazuhiko from Clover has his famous roboclaw.
  • Combattler V: Hyoma Aoi — The Hero of the Five-Man Band — got replacement arms after The Dragon Garuda shot his original arms off. Unlike from other examples of this trope, they did not grant him super-strength and they did not work perfectly at all. Several times they stopped working momentarily in very inopportune moments (such like when he was driving his car or fighting in his Humongous Mecha).
  • Cowboy Bebop:
    • Jet Black has a cybernetic arm replacing one he lost in a police investigation gone wrong, although he became old-fashionedly defensive at Faye's recommendation that the current tech made organic limb replacements fairly easy. Jet chooses to keep the arm as a reminder of his mistake. Surprisingly Jet's arm is depicted as synthetic, but made of soft yielding materials almost leathery in nature. It's also nowhere near bulletproof and doesn't grant him any kind of superhuman strength.
    • Spike's replacement eye. The flashback where we see him actually get his eye definitely implies it's much more than glass. He's lying naked on a lab table surrounded by machines and men in lab coats, with needle-like claws holding his eyelid open.
  • Subverted in Cynthia the Mission. Minor villain Bridget has a prosthetic arm that LOOKS real, but it turns out it's just camouflaged to look like a real one, while underneath it's similar to a modern-day prosthetic arm with a lot of grip power. Just before she is killed, it's replaced by a much more advanced model.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the swordsmanship master Jigoro Kwajima has a peg-leg, a wood construction, which is likely one of the reasons for his retirement, a Breath of Thunder adept has their legs as the basis of their strength, which is pure speed, without them Jigoro is effectively crippled.
  • Bandou of Elfen Lied gets cybernetic eyes and a cybernetic arm. The arm can stand anything short of a Desert Eagle's recoil.
    • In the final chapter of the manga he returns with a prosthetic body from the chest down after getting killed by Lucy.
    • Nana has all her limbs severed, and has prosthetics for limbs that she moves with four of her six vectors.
      • Just a bit of clarification, her vectors aren't just moving her limbs, they're holding them in place since they're not actually connected to her body. As a Running Gag, she'll sometimes loose her concentration and drop a limb right in front of some poor bystander (usually Mayu).
    • Mariko gets a prosthetic right arm similar to Nana's limbs after her original is blown off.
  • As a result of a human transmutation experiment Gone Horribly Wrong, Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist (pictured above) lost, literally, An Arm and a Leg. His childhood friend Winry was able to manufacture him "automail" replacements. Notably, the attachments of nerves and muscles is actually mentioned, and mentioned to be extremely painful, taking years to recuperate (it took Ed, as a child, only one year, in defiance of his mechanic's 3-year prediction). Also, the automail frequently breaks under sufficient strain — Winry occasionally asks Ed if he breaks his limbs on purpose just to annoy her.
    • There's also Lan Fan, who gets an automail limb to replace the one she cut off so she and Ling Yao could escape from Bradley, and recuperates in six months; since she's not an alchemist who saw the Gate like Ed, hers has a permanently-attached blade. The dangers of engaging in strenuous activity (such as combat) with automail before your body has fully adapted to it is demonstrated by Lan Fan bleeding from the attachment point and almost having her automail arm ripped out of its socket.
    • Paninya and Buccaneer also have automail limbs with built-in weapons. Paninya's legs have a blade and a short-barrel cannon in them, while Buccaneer has two different automails that he can switch between for his right arm. His standard one is a combined chainsaw and jaw clamp, while his backup limb has actual fingers allowing it to be used in non-combat roles but also has razor-sharp claws and a much stronger grip than biological hand.
    • And Winry's dog Den.
    • Additionally, there have been several occasions where it's been a problem how much a metal limb conducts heat. While in Briggs, Ed almost suffered major frostbite, while Buccaneer has his made from a less conductive metal and uses the exhaust from the motor in his to keep it warm. Ed also has the opposite problem in deserts, when the metal in his automail limbs gets uncomfortably hot.
    • There's also mention of automail needing maintenance, in the form of oiling and such to prevent rust, and has to be adjusted slightly when Ed grows.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and its source material, carry the concept forward. Instead of passé clunky mechanical limbs, the sufficiently wealthy or connected can have their whole body replaced with a super-realistic and super-strong artificial construct. One's brain is removed, and placed in a life-supporting enclosure, and swaps from body to body are possible even in non-sterile environments. Two of the series' main characters, the Major and Batou (anime only), are such full cyborgs.
    • In the manga a page is also devoted to explaining the fact that most people have their entire bodies replaced, due to the exact problem of the arm falling off the body if too much pressure is exerted. Most people in their line of work prefer to have the added insurance. The whole conversation is in reference to a rogue army leader who only had his arm and his leg replaced.
    • The Manga implies, but does not state outright, that the Major became a full-body replacement cyborg unexpectedly at a relatively young age, perhaps due to an accident. In the Alternate Continuity Ghost in the Shell: Arise, it's revealed that she was literally born into a cyborg body — her brain was transferred into one while she was still a fetus.
  • Gunsmith Cats: Several of Rally Vincent's most implacable opponents all use prosthetic hands, thumbs or legs... mostly because Rally shot off their original hands, thumbs, or legs.
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim: Desert bandits' chief Lilin after an encounter with Daba's Lightsaber. And later, Giwaza after squaring off against Nei Mo Han.
  • In Hellsing, Seras Victoria gets a shadow-based replacement arm when she becomes a full-fledged draculina.
  • Ginkotsu of the Band of Seven in Inuyasha starts out with a heavily prosthetically amplified body and ends up as torso attached to a Feudal style tank.
    • Arguably, the Band of Seven and Kikyou have prosthetic bodies which store their souls. Ditto for Akago/Mouryoumaru, kinda.
  • When Joseph Joestar gets his arm sliced off by Kars in Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, he gets a replacement made by his Nazi buddies. Did I mention that this takes place in 1939? And that one of the aforementioned Nazi buddies is a cyborg with a gun in his chest?
  • Karakuri Circus: Narumi receives Arlequin's detached left arm after he goes missing. During the battle of Sahara, his remaining limbs are replaced by the parts of the puppets used by fallen Shirogane.
  • Koharu of The Last Saiyuki is quadriplegic, and her limbs are instead those similar to a ball-jointed doll. They don't work as limbs, but she does have a Disability Superpower that allows her to move around.
  • In Legend of Galactic Heroes, prosthetic technology has advanced to the point that artificial limbs are virtually indistinguishable from real limbs, which benefited many soldiers who were wounded in action, most notably August Samuel Wahlen, an Imperial admiral.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • In Mardock Scramble, Medium the Fingernail of the Bandersnatch Company replaces the hand the lead blew off in the first film with a mechanical one in the second.
  • Andrew Waltfeld shows up in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny with a fully functional prosthetic arm. Which conceals a shotgun. How exactly it's able to function with sufficient dexterity to pilot mobile suits and aircraft yet also be hollow so as to fit a a shotgun underneath it is never explained.
  • Louise from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 gets one of these in Season 2 as her lost arm cannot be regenerated due to the particles in the beam rifle shot that blew it off inhibiting cellular mitosis. The replacement looks and handles like the original one and doesn't appear to have any special features aside from above normal physical strength and a circuitry-like line where it's attached to her forearm stump. When she gets caught in the 00 Raiser's first Trans-Am Burst, the damage is fixed and she can get her arm regenerated.
  • Dayrl Lorenz in Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt starts off the series with two crude prosthetic legs as they were blown off at the knee during the Zeon invasion of Earth. He gets prosthetic arms when he loses one to Io Fleming and the Full Armor Gundam and has the other amputated to make him pilot the Psycho Zaku. It makes piloting other suits much harder, though.
  • In Mother Keeper, Zelik gains a metal prosthetic arm which makes him a bit more powerful though the prosthetic ended up being very short lived as it was destroy in the first fight.
  • Aramusha gets a prosthetic arm and eye due to injuries in the Empty Earth arc of Mythic Quest. They're pretty common already in the futuristic world, though this particular set doesn't have any synthetic skin and has many extra jack-ins for enhanced computer-interfacing powers.
  • In Naruto, Chiyo's right arm is artificial and controlled through her puppet jutsu. She can use it to create a chakra shield similar to the puppets in the likeness of her son and daughter-in-law, but it's also vulnerable to getting clogged.
    • Obito lost his right arm and leg, but they were replaced with implanted cells from the First Hokage. As a result, he can regrow the limbs mid-battle, which has resulted him frequently sacrificing his right arm.
    • And now Naruto also sports an artificial right hand, having lost it during his final duel with Sasuke. Like Obito, his hand is made of cloned cells from the First Hokage. Sasuke on the other hand opted not to get one after losing his own left hand during that duel. He does however have ways of generating a temporary replacement as needed, such as a partial Susanoo via his Sharingan or a metal arm via the Asura Path of his Rinnegan.
  • Princess Kushana from the movie version of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is both an example and a partial aversion because, despite her having one mechanical arm and two mechanical legs, she's never depicted as having super-strength or super-speed. The most unusual thing she ever does is to detach one hand to illustrate that it's artificial and not merely armour covering her hand. In that scene, she hints that more intimate areas of her body needed similar replacements.
  • One Piece:
    • Franky. He's a cola-powered cyborg, having rebuilt his limbs and much of his body from the wrecks of his old battleships aka Battle Frankys.
    • Bartholomew Kuma, who's also a cyborg, albeit much more advanced, and Crocodile who has a hook for a right hand (which is covering a poisonous hook underneath that; and if that's broken, a knife pops up to replace it). And lastly Movie 10 villain Shiki, who cut off his legs to escape from prison and replaced them with swords!
    • During the Time Skip, Aokiji lost half his leg during his duel with Akainu. Thankfully, due to his Devil Fruit powers, he now has an ice prosthetic to replace it. And if the prosthetic is broken, he can just instantly make another one.
  • Harry MacDougall in Outlaw Star got an artificial arm after a nasty run-in with Gene Starwind. Unfortunately, he goes Ax-Crazy at one point, rips it off, and beats on the door of the Outlaw Star with it. Later on, he gets an artificial body. Earlier in the series, we see that Hilda has an artificial arm too.
  • In Rave Master, after cutting off his own arm to admit his defeat against Haru, Shuda replaces it with a metal one.
  • Squalo from Reborn! (2004) has a fake left hand. He cut off his real hand to better understand the previous Sword Emperor.
  • Rebuild World:
    • The Shell-Shocked Veteran hunter Colbert has his left arm replaced with a prosthetic after he'd had both his arms torn off by monsters, since he could only afford to re-grow the right arm.
    • During a hospital stay after losing one of his arms, Akira uses a temporary medical cyborg arm for part of the process of connecting the nerves of his culture-grown replacement arm to his body, prior to transplanting it.
  • Shichiroji of Samurai 7 has an artificial arm with a grapple.
  • Sgt. Frog: Zoruru, who not only has a robot arm and leg, but an entire half of his body and head too.
  • In the Soul Hunter manga, Taikoubou loses an arm in a battle and he's given an artificial one to replace it. It features a number of abilities including stretching (to work as a Grappling-Hook Pistol), a squirt gun, and a Rocket Punch. Meanwhile, Kou Tenka ends up injured against the Maka Yonsho to the point that that he needs prosthetic knees and elbows (read: flesh grafts to replace the destroyed tissue) and said grafts are visible for the rest of the story.
  • Prosthetic limbs are an important plot point in Texhnolyze.
  • In Tokyo Crazy Paradise, Asago gets a prostheses after having her right arm cut off in a fight; she chooses to get an artificial limb instead of reattaching her arm to cut down on rehabilitation time.
  • Trigun: Vash's left arm was shot off by his twin brother, forcing him to get a replacement. It converts to a gun when he wants it to.
  • Kurogane of Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- has, in the manga, recently required a prosthetic arm from the technologically advanced world of Piffle after he sacrificed his own arm to save Fai. Despite being a rush-job and therefore not covered in synthetic skin, it appears to work just as well as his organic arm. However, he has recently admitted that the arm does not fit him right and causes him pain. Hard to conceal bleeding when your boyfriend is a vampire. In ×××HOLiC, it is mentioned that the gang eventually makes their way back to Piffle to get Kurogane's prosthetic arm fixed up properly.
  • The eponymous Violet Evergarden from Violet Evergarden has a pair of these due to her loosing her original arms in battle.
  • In The Vision of Escaflowne, The Dragon Folken has a pretty nifty-looking right arm given to him by the Big Bad to replace the one that got eaten by a dragon.
  • Snark of The Voynich Hotel has two prosthetic arms. She is still quite the capable chef with them, mostly because they are actually demon claws she sold her soul for.
  • Cornelia from Westwood Vibrato has an artificial leg.
  • Yami No Aegis: Tate has a metal arm with which he can deflect bullets. It's also his primary weapon.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: The Godwin brothers both have robotic left arms. Rex lost his while escaping from Satellite, and Rudger cut off his own arm, with the Dragon Head Mark, to give to Rex.

    Audio Plays 
  • In The Elysium Project, Kate has one artificial arm, having lost her real one when she was younger. It's just a simple prosthetic, but the telekinetic powers granted her by the Elysium formula allow her to use it as though it were a real arm.

    Comic Books 
DC Comics:
  • What's that? The Silver Age Aquaman isn't "grim and gritty" enough for the 1990s? I know, let's have piranhas chew his left hand off! Keen! We can give him a cool retractable hook, and he can grow a beard while he's at it.
  • In the Doom Patrol comics, Cliff Steele is a racing driver whose brain is salvaged from a horrible crash and inserted into a metal body, causing him some anguish.
  • Arsenal, formerly Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy, had his right arm ripped off in a fight with Prometheus. He now has a cybernetic replacement, however it isn't "permanent" as Roy's arm is still infected with flesh-eating bacteria from Prometheus' blade. The attachment works "around" Roy's nerve endings and actually enhances the pain he already feels. It hinders his ability as an archer to the point that he's stopped using a bow, he can't wear normal clothes over it, and it's a complete eyesore. This was all Retconned away as of 2011.
  • In Justice League Elite, Vera Lynn Black has two extremely high-tech prosthetic arms, having lost both her natural arms in a childhood accident. The prosthetics are capable of transforming themselves into a variety of different weapons, and are capable of generating full-body disguises for her.
  • Superman:
  • Red Robin villain "Wolf" has a set of four mechanized arms he uses in tandem with his existing two in order to wield six guns at once.
  • Sgt. Rock adversary "The Iron Major," had his right hand replaced with one of solid iron.
  • In the original New Teen Titans, much like a traditional cyborg, only a portion of Cyborg's body was composed of military cybernetic limbs given to him by his father. In the Teen Titans cartoon however, as a result of the series' humorous Made of Iron characteristics, it would appear that his thought process is the only thing human about him. Well, that and his appetite.
  • Wonder Woman villain Cyborgirl has a weaponized cybernetic arm, in addition to the cybernetic alterations to her damaged lungs and eye.

DC Imprints (Wild Storm, Vertigo, ect.)

  • Deconstructed in Global Frequency, in which a woman with a cybernetic arm talks about how she can feel metal grinding against her bones and how she had to have her shoulders and spine reinforced to stop her arm from ripping itself out of her body. A fully-converted cyborg has an even worse time of things.

Marvel Comics:

  • Former Captain America sidekick Bucky Barnes has a cybernetic left arm to replace the one he lost at the end of World War II.
  • Doctor Octopus's problems started apparently when he added four arms of questionable morality to his spine...
    • One story had him developing artificial limbs for amputees among the general public alongside another villain. Villain being the key word as the limbs contained parts of the same tech Ock used to mentally control his limbs, letting him control whatever unlucky sot that had gotten one of said replacement parts.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Misty Knight was a cop until she lost her arm in a bombing; Iron Man then designed a new bionic one for her.
  • Nico Minoru loses her left arm during the events of Avengers Arena, but gains a magical "Witch Arm" following her death and resurrection. This remains the case until the 2017 relaunch of Runaways, where her left arm is now back to normal. When Chase asks her how that happened, she refuses to explain.
  • One of the more recent She-Hulk series had Southpaw/Sasha Martin, a 5'5" (1,65 meters), 110 pound (50 kilos) weakling teenage girl. With a MASSIVE mecha-hand on her left hand which gave her enough strength to crush IronClad from the U-Foes' arm into scrap!
  • Early in Thor (2014), Thor (Odinson) loses his left arm to Malekith. Screwbeard the dwarf provides him with a prosthetic arm made of Uru (the same metal as Mjolnir itself). Various flash-forwards show Thor continuing to use various prosthetics thousands of years into the future.
  • As Agent Venom, Flash Thompson could use the symbiote to replace his missing legs, amputated while protecting his squad in Iraq. He doesn't use this in public, though. During the Superior Spider-Man era, Doc Ock-in-Peter-Parker's-body gave him prosthetic legs and took the symbiote for his own — Flash dumped the legs and took back the symbiote. A later mission in Venom: Space Knight forced Flash to don cybernetic legs as the symbiote would get detected.
  • The X-Men have several examples:
    • Angel has his naturally-occurring wings amputated and replaced with razor-edged metallic wings that can shoot blades. As the procedure is done by an evil mad scientist, there are some side effects.
    • The younger mutant Hellion later gains metal prosthetics that he animates with his telekinesis after his hands are blasted off by a Sentinel.
    • Karma received a prostethetic left leg after her real one had to be amputated due to a severe injury.
    • Forge lost his leg but, as he's a Gadgeteer Genius, he made a new one himself. The reimagination in Ultimate X-Men goes a little further because, rather than a grey leg with lines, this one looks like an actual prosthetic leg.


  • In All Fall Down, the now-paraplegic speedster, Pronto, resorts to this in order to regain his super speed.
  • British sci-fi comics love this one.
    • Louis Crandell, the "Steel Claw" of 1960s comic "Valiant", who became invisible apart from his artificial hand after a lab accident (he sticks the fingers in an electric socket to produce the temporary effect — you couldn't DO that now) makes it at least Older Than They Think.
    • Judge Dredd himself has bionic eyes, and a popular foe, Mean Machine Angel, has one arm that's been replaced by a giant mechanical claw-thing (he's also got a bionic eye, a metal-plated skull, and a brain implant that means he's only got four emotions: Surly, Mean, Vicious and Brutal). There's also Judge Guthrie, who has both arms and legs as well as an eye and a large portion of his skull replaced with prosthetics, which have to be contained in a bodysuit, and Nate Slaughterhouse, who has everything apart from his head replaced due to a combat injury.
    • Axel Pressbutton, "the psychotic cyborg" had both legs, his left arm and most of his torso replaced after three-quarters of him was eaten by a Man-Eating Plant.
    • Aimee Nixon is only one of many secondary characters in 2000 AD and its spinoffs to qualify, in her case a bionic arm.
    • Lobster Random replaces one of his claws with a mechanical prosthetic at the end of the second story. Averted with his human arms, the left one which has been amputated and replaced three times by means of cloning and medically assisted biological regeneration.
    • Ulysses Sweet: Maniac For Hire has both cybernetic and biological replacement as options. The mechanical option is the cheaper of the two, though Ulysses prefers the biological option. However, due to his Axe-Crazy nature, which results in him killing his clients, he suffers from Perpetual Poverty and has to plump for the mechanical option frequently. In one story, he's fully biological again, only to shoot himself in the head to destroy a court-mandated control chip that was annoying him and winds up as a cyborg again.
  • Deff Skwadron: Killboy has had so many bionik replacements (one for every completed mission, in fact) it makes him immune to death by squig: he simply doesn't have enough fleshy parts left for the vicious little bastards to bite.
  • In Dinocorps, Professor Theodore has two robotic-looking arms, complete with a pair of hands that would be perfect for a claw machine.
  • In the Dirty Pair issue "Run from the Future," the titular duo are hunting for several criminals, including the "Planarian Cannibals;" they ceremonially eat their own arms and legs (and replace them with cybernetics) to concentrate their spiritual essence. Oh, and they eat other people too.
  • Several examples in Invincible:
    • Rex Splode gets a robotic hand after having one bitten off by a lizard man.
    • Bulletproof apparently gets one too, to replace the one he lost while fighting an evil Invincible Doppleganger.
    • Oliver gets a prosthetic arm and jaw bone.
    • Angstrom Levy has a robotic hand replace one that was torn off by Invincible.
    • Conquest has a robotic arm.
  • Scud the Disposable Assassin: The protagonist inverts this trope — he's a robot whose model was discontinued, and when he loses his arm he gets a human one as a loaner until his replacement parts can be ordered in. The problems with his meat arm which once belonged to a werewolf fuel a whole story arc.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • Bunnie Rabbot becomes a type of cyborg when she's halfway tossed into a (very fast-working) "roboticizing" machine. Her legs and one arm are turned into robotic limbs. In the rebooted universe, it was changed to having cybernetic prosthetics when Eggman's coup seriously injured a young Bunnie.
    • Additionally, in this comic's universe, the echidna are presented as an advanced people that embrace progress while not forgetting nature and spiritualism. To this end, they shunned over-reliance on technology, something not every echidna agreed with. This caused the expected infighting and social divide, culminating in the formation of the Dark Legion, whose purpose in life was to antagonize their hippie, tree-hugging brethren and to demonstrate their complete embrace of technology... by implanting ALL of their members with bionics, sometimes an eye, sometimes a limb or two, or sometimes their entire body. Talk about hardcore.
  • The crime boss Johnny Woo Woo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Body Count" miniseries had metal hands.
  • In We Stand on Guard, Dunn has both a robotic arm and a nasty facial scar.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Doonesbury, B.D.'s loss of a leg in the Iraq War and his subsequent rehabilitation in a VA hospital is depicted in a series of strips.
  • One The Far Side comic showed a salty old sailor pointing to his peg leg and saying "Well, that ain't a bad story, but lemme tell ya about the time I lost this!" The guy he's talking to, by the way, has a wooden peg for a head.

    Fan Works 
  • Teddy has one in The Egg Team, gaining it almost immediately after his first appearance. It's one of the most important parts of his character, as the electric orbs he can create with it is his only method of fighting
  • In The Butcher Bird, Bertram Lauren loses an arm and has it replaced with a mechanical one derived from Cog technology.
  • In the Uplifted series, Joachim Hoch loses his arm and gets it replaced with one. He keeps it covered at all times with a glove in order to prevent people in 1940s Germany from knowing about it.
  • A girl named Lily in Ruby and Nora has one. It’s also a gun.
  • Lila from Team LVDR has a prosthetic leg after needing to get her original one amputated.
  • The main character of Christian Humber Reloaded loses an arm fighting his corrupted self, and gets a robotic arm as a replacement.
  • HERZ: This story features two examples:
    • After her right arm got spliced, Asuka got an artificial limb covered by a harness of latex-like material.
    • Touji also has arm and leg prosthetics to replace his missing limbs.
  • The One I Love Is...: During the Angel War Touji loses an arm and a leg. They were replaced with prosthetic limbs. They were pretty good but they did not quite looked like the real appendages, and they did not grant him enhanced physical abilities.
    I noticed that he also wore black gloves. I was very grateful for that. Even if the advances in bio-robotics had been astonishing these last few years, they hadn't yet managed to make artificial limbs that looked totally like real ones. Touji knew that the sight of his artificial hand tended to make me uneasy. I was over the guilt, but... I just couldn't look at it...
  • It's safe to say that every character in That Guy with the Glasses in Space has these or are complete cyborgs by the time the story starts.
  • Tenten gets one of these in the Naruto/Justice League crossover Connecting the Dots when Cyborg replaces the arm she blew off during her escape from Luthor.
  • In Child of the Storm the Winter Soldier has one. Later, his successor, the Red Son a.k.a. Harry, ends up with one as well.
  • In A Growing Affection, after Shino's right leg is crushed by the Three-Tails Turtle, it is replaced with a colony of beetles that mimic the limb.
  • In Eternal Flowers, there was an accident mentioned involving a limousine that is probably the reason for Amber's legs being replaced with those of a Persocom.
  • This is all too common in the Mega Crossover Crossover Chaos. Killer gets his left lower arm replaced with a robotic one of these after losing it to Project Omnicron/ Beetle. Kyle gets the bottom half of both of his legs replaced with prosthetics getting run down by a car and losing the ability to walk. These are just a few of many examples.
  • Under the Bridge introduces the "Gray Mouse" who is later revealed to be Gadget Hackwrench's twin sister Widget. She was born without a left arm, but being the Wrench Wench she is, she builds herself a quite powerful mechanical one. At the beginning of the story, hardly anyone knows about her artificial limb because she wraps a cape around it and conceals the hand in a glove.
  • In "14,000,606", after Peter loses his left arm performing the Snap (Avengers: Endgame), Tony and Shuri develop a new vibranium arm for him, even equipping the arm with nanobots to serve as an unlimited webbing supply.
  • In The 100 fic "Twisted Steel", after Clarke loses her arms in a traumatic accident up on the Ark, her father and Raven develop a pair of artificial arms for Clarke's use. These arms require them to turn Clarke into a Nightblood based on some of Rebecca's surviving records so that the cybernetic components of the arms won't poison her, and Raven later modifies the arms to increase Clarke's capacity to touch and feel anything with her new limbs, as well as adding an extendable sword to one arm.
  • Origins: The results of Samantha Shepard being Half the Woman She Used to Be — mainly her lower body from about the navel on down was turned into paste and thus had to be completely replaced by cybernetics. Brick loses his arm, but the replacement ends up allowing him to heft even larger weapons meant to be mounted on tanks (though he still has to use a bracing system before firing). Finally, we have the case of Zera Zelit, who ended up on the bad end of a duel with Armando Bailey and lost her right arm for it.
  • A Great Endeavor: Spitfire gets a crude but functional wing as a replacement for one the Nazis took from her.
  • Red Fire, Red Planet has Lieutenant Tiyerissel ch'Kreem, an Andorian who lost a leg when his old ship the USS Hamburg was attacked by the IKS QarchetvI’. The prosthetic didn't knit properly, leaving him in frequent pain that resulted in him not being cleared for field duty. He got stuck running a listening post on the edge of the Sol system.
  • Jack's artificial foot in Cave Story Versus I M Meen, even though it's only part of a leg.
  • Brandon Heat in Betray Me Not gains a conventional artificial leg to restore his ability to walk. However, as Brandon is forced to wear it on the day after having his residual limb patched up, he finds trouble balancing himself and later, the prosthesis also causes skin breakdown to him. Because the artificial leg is created in one night, it is a tad too short when compared to Brandon's good leg and doesn't give him the ability to flex the knee, causing him to walk very slowly with a weird gait and feel tired faster. Didn't stop him from kicking ass though.
  • In Fate/Parallel Fantasia, False Assassin's Noble Phantasm is a prosthetic arm which grants her the ability to grasp spiritual bodies from a distance.
  • After losing all four limbs to a serial killer with a heated cleaver, Nanami Shirotaka of Halkegenia Online Zero Hour designed a set of robotic prosthetics. Which she then upgraded until they qualified as low-profile Power Armor.
  • Lagann of How To Drill Your Way Through Your Problems creates one, complete with drill-fingertips, before deciding 'screw this' and regrowing a new arm. It is as amazing as it sounds.
  • Commander Hildread from Loved and Lost has a completely metallic right wing from which she can throw razor-sharp metallic feathers.
  • Final Stand of Death, Gene Simmons has these thanks to Joey but chilled with it. Spice Girls also receive them.
  • What If I Know Too Many Reasons I Can Be Strong?: Haganezuka makes Tanjiro a prosthetic forearm.
  • Izuku has long since lost his arm to the Moon Prescence in The Bloodstained Hero. His replacement, Isshin, is made of porcelain, siderite, and Hunter's bones.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • A handful of fan works feature Scootaloo flying with the aid of prosthetic wings.
    • A Moon and World Apart: Chapter 26 sees Rainbow Dash getting offered, and accepting, a replacement mechanical wing after she finds out she lost one while saving lives during the terrorist attack on the Orion.
    • Under the Northern Lights: Wiglek has a crude one in the form of a spear tip jammed into his leg to replace a lost hoof, held in place by undead flesh grown around it.
  • Becoming a True Invader: Dib gets a cybernetic replacement hand after losing his real one in a Life-or-Limb Decision on Oberox. He insists on having a laser-blade installed in it.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 127 Hours is the fictionalized retelling of the events that led up to Aron Ralston's (see Real Life below) forced amputation.
  • Anastasia from Adventures In Public School had her leg amputated due to an extremely rare cancer.
  • One gag in Airplane! has a guy setting off a metal detector, and removing first one of his hands, then one of his legs.
  • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier flashbacks show how the titular Winter Soldier lost his left arm which HYDRA then replaced with a metal one.
  • Collective: A documentary with a Real Life example. A woman suffers horrifying injuries in a nightclub fire that include the loss of her right hand. Soon she's shown receiving what appears to be a state-of-the-art electronic hand that allows her to grasp and lift objects.
  • The Dark Crystal: The Skeksis Slave Master has a hook for a hand while the Scientist has a mechanical arm and leg. Their Mystic counterparts have wooden limbs in the same places.
  • In Evil Dead 2, Ash must cut off a demon-possessed hand, and replaces it with the chainsaw he cut it off with. In the sequel, Army of Darkness, it gets replaced with a Steampunk artificial hand.
  • Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars has a prosthetic leg due to osteosarcoma.
  • Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump. His new "magic legs" are made of the same titanium/steel alloy that's used on the space shuttle.
  • The Hand: After losing his right hand in a freak accident, Jon is given a prosthetic hand that works fine for most purposes, but lacks the fine control he needs to be able to draw properly.
  • In The Hands of Orlac, Vasseur wears metal prostheses to replace his hands and forearms which were amputated. Actually a case of Obfuscating Disability as the man is not Vasseur at all.
  • Lindsay Lohan's character gets two in I Know Who Killed Me. Granted, the movie's a thriller, so they're the more realistic version, which is still able to cause some injury.
  • In Enki Bilal's Immortal (in both the comic and the film) Horus forges a new leg for Nikopol out of a subway rail. It still needs Horus' power to function.
  • James Bond:
    • Dr. No from the first James Bond movie Dr. No has mechanical hands, having lost his hands in an accident during his research into radioactivity. His mechanical hands could crush stone to powder, but could not grip a vertical beam well enough for him to lift himself out of the reactor's cooling tank.
    • You Only Live Twice — Dikko Henderson, Bond's contact in Tokyo, has an artificial leg from a war injury. Bond confirms it's him by smacking the leg hard with his cane. Henderson expresses relief that he'd chosen the correct leg.
    • The henchman Tee Hee from Live and Let Die had a mechanical right arm strong enough to break Bond's Walther PPK, but he fell afoul of a simple pair of nail clippers...
  • Gazelle's legs, from Kingsman: The Secret Service, are what you get when combining a pair of normal prosthetic legs and Absurdly Sharp Blade.
  • Donald Pearce from Logan has one.
  • Furiosa of Mad Max: Fury Road, in keeping with the aesthetic of the franchise, has a rather ramshackle Used Future one for her missing left arm. Quite a realistic take on it as well, as it's strapped to her shoulder and she can attach or detach it as the situation calls for it.
  • Mad Scientist C. A. Rotwang from the classic Metropolis had an artificial right hand.
  • Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight: The old man that Julek and Zosia run into has metal legs to replace his real ones after he lost them in his last encounter with the twins.
  • In None Shall Escape, Wilhelm has a prosthetic leg after losing his real one in World War I.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has this. Davy Jones has two legs as a human, but his mutated form turns one of them into a lobster/crab leg that evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate peg leg. While we're at it, his lobster-claw hand evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate hook hand.
    • This wouldn't be a proper pirate movie series without at least one wooden leg. It shows up in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, attached to Barbossa. Kind of appropriate, since he's the most stereotypical (yarr!) pirate of the bunch. He can also remove it to access the bottle of rum hidden inside. (Jack is quite jealous of that particular feature.)
  • In Planet Terror, dancer Cherry Darling's leg is replaced with a wooden table leg after it's eaten by zombies. Later, she trades that in for an M-4 Carbine (with underslung grenade launcher). And at the end of the movie, she trades THAT in for a minigun.
  • Reach for the Sky is the dramatisation of the story of Douglas Bader, a double amputee who still proved a better fighter pilot than many Germans. After Bader's capture by the Luftwaffe, an unprecedented local truce was concluded so that a British pilot could courier Bader's best set of false legs to German-occupied France...
  • In Repo Men, one of the past-due artiforg recipients whom Remy and his partner chase down on the cargo ship has a robotic arm, and uses it to put up quite a fight.
  • RoboCop (1987) performs the ultimate version: in the words of OCP's project manager, "total body prosthesis". They even mention how useless the reverse situation would be: when one of the doctors notes they were able to save one of Murphy's arms, the project manager promptly orders it thrown out and the originally planned robotic arm installed in its placenote .
  • Rust And Bone: Stephanie is fitted for prosthetics after losing both legs to a killer whale attack, though she uses a cane while walking on them as a visual reminder to the audience of her changed life.
  • Two characters in Saw films have Artificial Limbs because of a Life-or-Limb Decision:
    • Dr. Gordon has one after he escapes from the bathroom in Saw. It is of the realistic variety, with Dr. Gordon needing a cane to walk with the prosthetic foot.
    • The woman who survives the opening trap from Saw VI has a prosthetic arm and complains of needing to use handicapped parking because of it.
  • In The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case, Jonathan Small has a wooden leg which he is adept at using as a weapon.
  • Soul Surfer is another fictionalized retelling of what happened to a famous amputee, this time about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton.
  • Starship Troopers: Lieutenant Jean Rasczak (Michael Ironside) gets fitted with one when he re-enters service. The recruiting officer has one as well.
  • Interestingly enough, the Star Trek: The Next Generation movie First Contact does this backwards with the android Data having living flesh grafted onto his body by the Borg queen. It doesn't last.
  • Star Wars: Both Anakin and Luke lose limbs to lightsaber injuries, showing off their natures. Star Wars tech being what it is, they have replacements within 10 minutes of screen time. However, Anakin's replacement hand is very obviously artificial, while Luke's is very close to looking and acting like the real thing, in a rare example where the series averts Cosmetically Advanced Prequel. By The Force Awakens, however, the synthetic flesh on Luke's hand has worn off over the years, leaving the metal that was underneath completely exposed.
    • This is actually to the point where fans mockingly or not say certain individuals aren't skywalkers because they haven't lost a limb.
  • Jinx has a robotic arm in the stinger of Steps Trodden Black.
  • In Terror in a Texas Town, The Gunslinger Johnny Crale had his right hand shot off, and replaced with a steel prosthetic that he uses a bludgeon.
  • In the Spaghetti Western Vamos A Matar, Companeros, John the "Wooden Hand" is named precisely for having an artificial right hand, the result of the protagonist having betrayed him in the past.
  • The documentary Warrior Champions is about various disabled Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans and their attempts to transition to lives as athletes. Some of these vets are amputees and one (Melissa Stockwell, the first woman to lose a limb during the Iraq War) makes it as far as the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
  • Young Frankenstein: Inspector Kemp's wooden arm, a spoof of Inspector Krogh's wooden arm in Son of Frankenstein.

  • John Simpson, in the 1632 series, has a prosthetic replacing a lower leg lost in an ambush, in his service during the Vietnam War, first mentioned in the short story "In the Navy", by David Weber. Eddie Cantrell later gets one after losing his leg during the engagement at Wismar, in 1633.
  • Absolutely Truly: Truly's father had his right arm blown off by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), and got it replaced with a prosthetic that has a Hook Hand.
  • Isaac Asimov
    • "The Bicentennial Man": In order to become more human, Andrew Martin designs more and more prosthetics. He starts with a simple stomach system and builds more from there, with realistic skin, and eventually a replacement brain. He replaces all of his metal with organic imitations.
    • "C-Chute": While a guest of the Kloros, John Stuart had mangled his hands irreparably. Since they couldn't fix the human hands, they used their advanced chemistry knowledge to grow artificial hands out of artiplasm instead. The new hands are weaker than the originals, and require delicate care.
  • ATLStoriesfromtheRetrofuture: Yuri, the "Mercenary Prince," got three after an explosion in the Battle of Houston.
  • In one Bill the Galactic Hero story, the titular character has a Swiss Army Foot.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Mugino after her fight with Hamazura has a mechanical left arm and right eye. They're mostly indistinguishable from her normal body, but one can hear the gears whirring when she moves them. She also has to periodically have them updated so they don't get out of sync with her natural body. As well, Kuroyoru is a cyborg with mechanical (and detachable) arms, and she can attach additional arms to her back if necessary.
  • In Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber series, Benedict has a mechanical arm. It is a temporary replacement because Amberites regenerate limbs. However, this takes months or years. The arm has a role in the novel The Hand of Oberon. In fact, it is "the hand" because the arm moved of its own accord and helped Corwin and Benedict, who implied Oberon was behind. It was true.
  • In The Chronicles of Professor Jack Baling, a character is described as having blade-like prosthetic legs. Probably something similar to Oscar Pistorius’s. [1].
  • Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain lost several fingers in a fight with necrons. The replacements are augmentic.
  • In Circle of Magic, Daja, with some help from her foster siblings, creates an artificial leg for her friend Polyam. She also has apparently made a living metal eye.
    • However, her own hand, though coated in living metal, is still just her own hand. It simply produces more of her metal.
  • Eternal President Clydesdale from Clocks that Don't Tick replaced one of his arms with a mechanical one. No one knows why. In all likelihood, it was merely a result of his insanity.
  • Spoofed by Terry Pratchett in The Colour of Magic with Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos, who is such a great architect his employers all tend to try and maim him so he can never make anything more beautiful than the work he's done for them. As he exposits to his current employer, his first employer gave him piles of gold and blinded him (he learned to work by touch, smell and hearing), his second loaded him with silver and then cut off his left hand (he built a mechanical replacement from silver using his knowledge of levers), and his third employer gave him mounds of silk before hamstringing and imprisoning him (he built a hang glider to escape). He winds up by reminding his employer of his promise to let him go free and unharmed now his work is complete, at which his employer says 'I Lied' and promptly has him shot. Dactylos comments on the shoddy quality of the arrowhead before he dies.
  • Hertzer Herrick in John Ringo's Council Wars series lost a hand in the first book and received a very trick Steampunk replacement. He'd still rather have a real hand, though.
  • Martin Caidin's 1972 novel Cyborg introduced Colonel Steve Austin to the world. This novel was later adapted into The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • There's two cases in Dragons of Requiem.
    • In the Song of Dragons trilogy, Dies Irae has his arm bitten off and replaces it with a mace.
    • In the Dawn of Dragons trilogy, Raem Seran loses his arms and legs, and one of his demons replaces them with four different animal parts.
  • In McCaffrey's Dragonsdawn Paul Benden has a couple of prosthetic fingers.
  • Kol Maros in The Dreamside Road has a robotic right hand. He occasionally comments on the greater strength in his prosthetic.
  • Ian Fleming's Dr. No had two artificial hands (here his hands were cut off by the Tong as a punishment where he lost them to radiation in the movie) — he uses them for dramatic effect to enhance his ominous nature.
  • Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars has a prosthetic leg due to his osteosarcoma.
    "Excellent! You'll find my leg under the coffee table."
  • Commander Raeder in The Flight Engineer has a prosthetic hand to replace one he lost in battle. It's also not sensitive or precise enough to allow him to keep flying, at least until his second-in-command in his new job makes a breakthrough that gets him cleared to fly in emergencies.
  • A strictly medicinal version in the Firestar Series contains a neural link that needs quite a bit of conditioning until you associate various grab-bags of synaesthesia with heat, cold, pain and whatnot. They're also just enough like actual human limbs to weird you out when you touch them. Underwhelming, perhaps, but not bad compared to our 2016.
  • The Forever War. Mandella loses an arm and thinks he's getting a prosthesis. He's unaware of the technological advances that have been made over the hundreds of years that have elapsed due to time dilation. Turns out they're actually growing him a new flesh-and-blood arm.
  • Ryogi Shiki from The Garden of Sinners has an artificial left arm, as her original was torn apart in a fight. It's a magic arm, to boot.
  • The ghost story "The Golden Arm" features a woman with just that, whose husband is very greedy. His greed causes her to starve to death ("Meat and cheese cost more each day./ I will not pay and pay and pay,/ And so throw all my wealth away./ Not one penny will you get today."). Her only request is to be buried with her arm, which the husband does... until he digs it up the next night and leaves it under his pillow. The wife's spirit is not pleased about this....
  • Hack Alley Doctor: Derrick starts off the story with a prosthetic arm. Hack Alley serves many patients who have prosthetic limbs and organs.
  • In Hammerjack, Avalon is forced to amputate one of her arms after being stabbed with a poisoned dagger. When she returns in the sequel Prodigal, she's equipped with a cybernetic replacement.
  • In Hammer's Slammers it's not uncommon for veteran Slammers to have prosthetics. However, they are markedly inferior to the original parts and periodically need to be recalibrated by an external computer (a problem if living on a low-tech planet), so soldiers with prosthetics either retire or are reassigned to desk jobs.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew is forced to cut off his own hand in the ritual to recreate Voldemort's body. As Voldemort returns to full power, he gives Wormtail a gift for his efforts, a hand made of silver which functions just as well as his old hand. Except for the fact that the hand was eternally devoted to Voldemort and ended up choking Wormtail when he hesitated to attack Harry in the seventh book.
    • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody has a wooden leg and a magical revolving eye to replace the ones he lost as an Auror fighting against Voldemort. Also, when Professor Kettleburn (the Care of Magical Creatures teacher before Hagrid) retired in order to enjoy time with his remaining limbs, Professor Dumbledore presented him with a set of enchanted wooden prosthetics. Unfortunately, they have to keep being replaced due to Professor Kettleburn's habit of visiting dragon preserves.
  • In Heart of Steel, we have three examples:
    • Alistair Mechanus is a (largely self-built) cyborg due to injuries in his backstory. Everything from the hips down has been replaced with metal, as well as his heart, larynx, left eye, and significant portions of skin.
    • Julia receives a limb transplant after her own leg is torn off at the knee near the beginning of the novel.
    • Jim is torn in half and turned into a cyborg with artificial legs, pelvis, and left arm. He turns out to be rather unhappy about this.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
    • In the first book, Zaphod Beeblebrox has a third, artificial arm fitted to improve his ski-boxing. As is often the case with the franchise, the reason changes in the TV series/computer game/movie — in the radio series, he claims he grew the arm "for Trillian".
    • The movie features handkerchief-cultist Humma Kavula, who uses a "platform" of dozens of tiny metal legs... and one gimpy one.
    • The installment Life, the Universe and Everything has Marvin the Paranoid Android receive an artificial leg.
  • Honor Harrington, as starting off as a Lord Nelson Expy, loses an arm and eye over the series. After an Eyepatch of Power she gets an artificial eye and arm. Rare in this society because the normal techniques used to regrow limbs doesn't work on her. She has a pulser in the arm and the aiming camera in her eye...
  • An artificial leg for Peeta in The Hunger Games.
  • The 1952 Science Fiction novel "Limbo" by Bernard Wolfe is about a post-WWIII world where people willingly amputate their limbs for nuclear-powered prosthetics.
  • Liv in the Future: Alix has a prosthetic leg. While he doesn't remember how he lost it, it's implied the Neighborhood Watch was involved somehow.
  • In Max Barry's Machine Man, the protagonist Dr. Charles Neumann accidentally crushes one of his legs in an industrial accident. Being an engineer, he designs a better replacement. Then he realizes he wants his legs to match...
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen features occasional appearances by the K'Chain Che'Malle. Considered the native demons of the Malazan world, they were sapient dinosaur analogues. The warrior caste surgically replaced both lower arms with massive blades.
  • Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Man Who Was Used Up" makes this at least Older Than Steam, along with Captains Ahab and Boomer from Moby-Dick.
  • Manuel Garcia O'Kelly Davis from the Robert A. Heinlein book The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress had a variety of artificial arms that allowed him to do electronic work with the built-in tools.
  • In Neuromancer, Ratz, the German bartender at the Chatsubo in Chiba City, has an old Russian military cyberarm, "a seven-function force-feedback manipulator cased in grubby pink plastic." At one point, he uses the arm to crush a hard plastic ashtray to make a point about the bar's strict "no-fighting" rule.
    • In the short story Burning Chrome, set in the same universe, the narrator, Automatic Jack, has a seemingly more advanced prosthetic, which he is implied to have received after being injured in a military operation gone wrong.
  • In the Old Kingdom series, Lirael loses a hand in the final battle against the big bad. It's mentioned in the epilogue that Prince Sameth later crafts her a new one, earning her the title Lirael Goldenhand.
  • In Clive Cussler's The Oregon Files series, the protagonist Juan Cabrillo has an advanced prosthetic leg that conceals a small pistol, a block of C4, a throwing knife, and a built-in single-shot leg cannon that can blow a hole the size of a dinner plate through your chest.
  • Quantum Gravity books' Lila Black becomes a cyborg after an accident.
  • The Ultranauts in Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space trilogy replace their body parts as they age and fail. Captain John Brannigan is almost entirely robotic at the start of Revelation Space; he can last for hours in total vacuum. He's very old.
  • Sookaiya Venatosh from Riesel Tales: Two Hunters. Both of her legs are prosthetic.
  • Jack West in Matthew Reilly's Seven Ancient Wonders trilogy sacrificed his left arm to escape from a trap... after he was promised one of these. Luckily for him, this was in the backstory, 10 years before the first novel started so he had time to adjust to his new arm before everything went to hell.
    • Mother in his Scarecrow series looses her leg to a Orca in Ice Station, an unpleasant surprise to a shark in a later novel
  • Progress in this field is noted in Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Searched.
  • In Stephen Lawhead's second Song of Albion book "The Silver Hand", Llew gets a new hand and his Bard gets new eyes in a magical lake. The villains gets dissolved.
  • Special mention to Skulduggery Pleasant: The titular character is a "living" skeleton who doesn't know how he got reanimated and had his skull stolen by some goblins (a few decades after his reanimation) so took to using one that he won in a poker game (which becomes a sequel hook at the end of the third book). He gets it back in the fourth and it becomes a brick joke as everyone but his sidekick comment on how better his jaw looks.
    • It is never mentioned though whether he won the other skull before or after he lost his own.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire Jaime Lannister receives a crude prosthetic hand made of gold. Unfortunately he needs to use his other hand to tighten it on something, and he can't wield his sword with it at all.
  • Fatale, in Soon I Will Be Invincible, is a cyborg who has only a small portion of organic matter left in her. She often bemoans her added weight, but has a full complement of high-tech gadgets to compensate.
  • Toby Frost's Space Captain Smith lost the lower half of an arm fighting the Ghast, Number 8, and while he waited for a new organic arm to be grown by the NHS, he had to make do with a bionic arm that had previously belonged to a commando, and which kept trying to kill people.
  • The murderous ex-con Chemo in Carl Hiaasen's novel Star Island, having lost his arm to a barracuda in a previous book, has replaced it with a weed whacker, which he demonstrates upon a main character.
  • Starship Troopers briefly features the recruiting sergeant, a triple amputee from some unspecified past war. In the book he appears without prostheses on duty for shock value, but simply straps on his lightweight hi-tech units when off duty; the film completely inverts this point by showing him with no legs, and a huge mechanical hand, more like an earth-moving machine than a prosthesis .
  • A plot point in Star Trek: Klingon Empire — Klag, who lost an arm in a previous conflict, could be fitted with an artificial replacement. He refuses, though, insisting that he's a Klingon, not a Borg. It's one of the Honor Before Reason issues Doctor B'Oraq has to deal with. Eventually, Klag accepts a biological graft — his dead father's arm to replace his own. It's not as effective but it's a compromise.
  • The Yuuzhan Vong of the Star Wars Expanded Universe ritually chop off their own limbs to show their devotion to the gods then get them replaced with a Biotech appendage. Warriors get limbs from the various predatory animals of their home world, while the Shapers replace their fingers with surgical instruments.
  • Togetherly Long: Oukii has one because his arm was vaporized in a duel when the evil Emperor Von Mal shot it with his Ray Gun, and he had to receive a robotic replacement.
  • In The Traitor Son Cycle, after Gabriel loses an arm, the Wyrm has a replacement made of metal. It's magic, so it look, feels and acts like a normal hand, but it has all the toughness of its original material.
  • Violet Evergarden is equipped with a pair of 'Adamant Silver' prosthetic arms, having lost her original ones in a highly traumatic battle during the Continental War. They are advanced well beyond even 21st century technology, despite the roughly 1910s time period, much like the example set by Fullmetal Alchemist. After a readjustment period, Violet can use her new hands to type faster than almost anyone else while maintaining impeccable grammar and spelling. They're also, to a degree, bulletproof, though they don't hold up against sustained fire and stress.
  • The Wing Commander IV novelization states Jason "Bear" Bondarevski loses an arm during the conclusion of the Kilrathi War, and has it replaced with a cybernetic substitute. In False Colors, he's given the opportunity to have it modified to give him an Unusual User Interface, but declines.
  • Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodsman from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. For those who don't know his origin story, his axe was cursed by a witch, and one by one, he chopped off his own limbs. Every time he lost one, he had it replaced with a prosthetic made by a local tinsmith — up to and including his head and torso... but not, alas, his heart.
    • For an extra dose of Mind Screw, a sequel reveals someone later reassembled and reanimated the discarded body parts with use of some magic glue... creating a whole new character.
  • The X-Wing Series enjoys this trope. Nawara Ven's cybernetic replacement leg synched up relatively (95%) poorly with his body, so he switched careers from Ace Pilot to executive officer. Ton Phanan had an ever-increasing percentage of himself replaced since he was allergic to bacta, and cybernetics ate his future. Krennel, a villain, had an extremely obvious prosthetic hand that glowed red.
    • When the team infiltrated Empire-controlled Coruscant as part of a covert operation, getting Wedge through security posed a problem, since he was a well known rebel hero. He disguised himself as an imperial officer with a bulky cybernetic arm and metal plating on his face and throat, apparently on his way to a specialized hospital to receive more sophisticated implants. People who saw him looked more at the prosthetics than the remaining flesh, and remembered him more for that than anything else. He was counting on that; many Imperials are uneasy around cyborgs. Wedge took this guise again in Isard's Revenge, this time in smoother-looking prosthetics.
    • Hobbie Klivian, being prone to crashes, has an artificial left arm, an artificial right leg, and an artificial left leg, probably more. Darklighter also had a scene where Biggs hinted that the same fight that took Hobbie's arm also left him needing artificial genitalia.
    • Nawara Ven loses part of his leg when his fighter is shot and damaged, and is fitted for a prosthetic. It's not quite enough to let him keep flying, though, so he moves into an administrative role.
  • Dorn Graybrook from the The Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy, set in the Forgotten Realms, survived a red dragon attack as a child that left him missing half his limbs. A wizard replaced them with iron golem limbs that had to be periodically (and painfully) replaced as he grew.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In All The Small Things, Olive has an artificial leg.
  • Almost Human: Detective Kennex lost a leg in an ambush, and now uses a synthetic replacement.
  • Arrested Development: George Sr. enlists his friend, J. Walter Weatherman, to use his prosthetic limb to teach his kids lessons by creating excessively dramatic arm-removals. The trope is used again later in the show when Buster loses his hand.
  • In Arthur of the Britons, Arthur's adoptive father Llud has a silver hand to replace one he lost in battle.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: Due to rights reasons, Ash can't have the steampunk metal hand he got in Army of Darkness, instead having a wooden one. When he loses it a few episodes into the first season, Pablo builds him a new metal one, based on a Nintendo power glove.
  • The Arrowverse has a few glaring examples:
    • Arrow: Malcolm Merlyn gets his left hand chopped by Oliver in a duel for the title of Ra's al Ghul. He gets a cybernetic replacement a few episodes later.
    • Legends of Tomorrow: In the Bad Future of Star City 2046, Oliver lost his left arm to Grant Wilson/Deathstroke II. He replaced it with a full cybernetic one, which looks a lot like the ATOM exosuit.
    • As a nod to the comics, Roy Harper gets a similar one to the above by the finale of Arrow, after he is forced to get his right arm cut off in a Life-or-Limb Decision a few episodes earlier.
  • Subverted in Battlestar Galactica. Felix Gaeta is shot in the leg by a twitchy crewmate, and doesn't get to medical care in time to save the limb. He is given a prosthetic leg not long after the amputation; however, the prosthetic is the wrong length, doesn't fit correctly, and aggravates his healing surgical scars, making them more susceptible to infection. The series also shows Gaeta becoming more accustomed to the prosthetic and less dependent on crutches gradually, over the course of several episodes.
    • In another startlingly realistic touch, his stump itches. He can't find a suitable lotion; the itch may be partly psychosomatic. Just before the end of the series, after he commits mutiny with Tom Zarak, Adama's forces retake the Galactica. When Zarak and Gaeta are standing in front of the firing squad, he smiles and says, "It stopped."
  • A bit of a recurring theme in Charité at War because of all the crippled soldiers who return from World War II; the first episode features a leg amputation, and the patient angsts about being a cripple but is reassured by the medical staff, especially orderly Martin, a veteran himself whose right leg is a prosthesis. Thanks to the rather sophisticated prosthetics techniques, it's a pretty good one, too; Martin barely even limps (and is able to carry someone his own weight down a ladder and a staircase). Later in the series, Graf von Stauffenberg shows up at the hospital after he's lost his hand, and him getting a prosthetic for the right hand and a few new fingers for the left is discussed between him and the doctors.
  • Truth in Television example: Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins of CSI lost both legs in a childhood accident, so uses prosthetic legs and crutches to move about. This mirrors a Real Life accident which Robert David Hall, the actor who plays Dr. Robbins, suffered as a grown man.
  • In The Devil's Whore, Sexby gets his arm lopped off while fighting in Ireland. He returns with a badass metal arm and is not afraid to use it.
  • In the Doctor Who story "Revelation of the Daleks", Evilutionary Biologist arch-villain Davros gets his right hand (his only unparalysed limb) shot off. In the following story, he's only seen from the neck up due to heavily upgrading his wheelchair, but when he returns in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" he has a rather Freddy Krueger-esque metal hand with clawed fingertips. He has the talent to make something more realistic, so one can only assume he thinks it looks cool.
  • Dr. Romano on ER ended up with a prosthetic arm, effectively ending his career as a surgeon.
  • Extant has amazingly realistic ones that basically do everything a normal limb can do (and they can withstand fire).
  • Nina Sharp on Fringe has a bionic arm that replaces the one she lost due to cancer. Which she actually lost in an interdimensional portal, but you don't tell that to everyone you meet.
  • A Get Smart episode set on a ship had a captain with a wooden peg leg, a major clue.
    Captain: What are you looking at? It's my leg, isn't it?
    Smart: No, legs I've see before, it's that wooden thing I'm looking at.
    • Naturally there's a colorful story behind it, right?
    Smart: Great white whale?
    Captain: Little blue convertible.
  • Game of Thrones: Jaime receives an ornate golden prosthetic when he returns to King's Landing in Season 4 following the loss of his hand. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that a hook would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving improvised shield. It's also an effective tool for slapping, as the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
  • Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy gets a prosthetic leg after losing hers in a plane crash; she eventually discovers that she can cure her phantom pain by having someone stab her in the (fake) foot.
  • Highlander:
    • Xavier St. Cloud, a recurring villain who after his first appearance got his hand chopped off. He replaced it with a Hook Hand.
    • Also series regular Joe Dawson had two prosthetic legs, having had his own blown off in Vietnam. This is because Jim Brynes who played Joe lost both his legs in a car accident as a teenager. This has never stopped either of them from being completely badass.
  • In JAG, Lt. Bud Roberts lost his leg to a landmine in Afghanistan. Much of that season was devoted to his learning to use a prosthetic leg and regaining his strength so he could remain a JAG officer.
  • The Kamen Rider franchise in the Showa era is all about this. One of them has electric coils for hands and another has a prosthetic arm/hook/grappling hook/machine gun/drill/mini-laboratory/etc. The rest of them do not show outward signs of being cyborgs. They are still pure, undiluted badasses.
  • La Brea: Izzy uses a prosthetic leg to replace hers, which was amputated due to her injury in a car accident.
  • Le Bureau des Légendes: In Series 2, Raymond has his left foot amputated by ISIS and uses a prosthetic thereafter. This act drives the plot for the rest of series two. It's not given heavy emphasis afterwards, but is periodically referenced through the subsequent series.
  • The prosthetic arm of François Chau's variably-named character on Lost is the subject of much speculation. The character is only seen in Dharma films/tapes. In some he has both arms, but in some he has a prosthetic. In the latest video, he refers to having information about the future, then looks sadly at his still-real arm.
  • The MCU
    • An ambiguous inversion in Agent Carter. Agent Daniel Sousa was injured in WW 2, and subsequently walks with a crutch and limp, but it's not made clear if his lower leg is still there.
    • The Defenders (2017): Misty Knight loses her right arm when Bakuto slices through it while she's providing interference for Claire Temple and Colleen Wing. She is later seen in the hospital with Colleen telling her that Danny Rand is using his connections to arrange for Misty to get a new bionic arm. She subsequently receives the arm during Season 2 of Luke Cage.
    • Semi-Example: In the second season of Iron Fist (2017), Danny — the same one mentioned above — breaks his leg after a grueling fight, but has access to an experimental leg brace that somehow lets him get back on his feet and keep fighting while his leg heals whereas anyone else would have to spend months convalescing. It becomes Hilarious in Hindsight with his previous guest appearance in Luke Cage, where Danny gets annoyed when Luke says Danny can just use his money to solve anything.
    • An inversion occurs in The Punisher. Curtis lost his left foot while working as a field medic in Afganistan. He's given an ordinary prosthetic by the VA, which renders him Dented Iron along with some serious psychological trauma.
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. loves this:
      • In Season 1, Mike Peterson is caught in an explosion, and injured the the point where he loses both an eye and a leg. The leg, while advanced enough to keep up with his superhuman body, does not remotely pass for the real thing, while the eye is indistinguishable. An x-ray later that about half of his skull has also been raplaced.
      • In the Season 2 finale, Coulson grabs a Terrigen Crystal to stop it from breaking and releasing a gas that would kill everyone within the area. The crystal begins turning him to stone starting from hand arm but Mack stops the infection by amputating Coulson's hand with an axe. Fitz built Coulson a prosthetic hand which was upgraded repeatedly as the show kept going though he had trouble adjusting to his new limb.
      • In Season 5, Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez has her arms cut off at the elbows by Ruby Hale. She receives cybernetic arms to replace them but like with Coulson these come with issues at first. The arms themselves were initially incompatible with her Inhuman powers and they overloaded her nervous system because they were not designed for extreme speeds. Fitz recalibrated them so she could her powers without issue. They also grant her a degree of super strength.
      • In Season 7, the above mentioned Sousa joins the team, and reveals his leg is very much a prosthetic, albeit one he has gotten used to in the decade since Agent Carter. Simmons, having had experience with high-tech prosthetics after helping Coulson and Yo-Yo, eventually develops a new leg for him (with the help of some seriously advanced Chronicom tech). This lets him take a serious level in badass.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Earl had a one-night stand with a woman named Didi. When she got up to make them some breakfast, he noticed that "one of her legs didn't go with her." He was shocked and upset, and decided to run away. He stole money from her purse, as well as her prosthetic leg and her car. She (understandably) holds an enormous grudge against him, in particular because she couldn't afford a new prosthesis, and has been getting around by hopping ever since. (Which, since this took place before Earl's Accidental Marriage to Joy, had to be at least seven years.) She makes Earl spend a day doing everyday tasks on one foot. She is played by Tracy Ashton, who also has only one real leg.
    • The same day Earl found the lottery ticket, Didi acquired a boyfriend while she reached for the ticket (which Earl hadn't gotten back yet). Her boyfriend is missing both legs and one of his arms, and uses artificial legs that are designed for running and has a hook replacing his missing hand.
    • In a flashback to Earl and Joy's first wedding anniversary, Randy invited everyone in Joy's address book (which turned out to be a list of all the men she'd slept with before Earl. Joy tries to make Earl jealous, but it doesn't work because Earl already knows the guy. Earl goes in for a "handshake," and pulls off the guy's fake hand.
    Joy: How did I not notice that?!
  • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: One of the Youkai, Amikiri, lost her arm to the Blue Ranger's ancestor and had it replaced with a claw weapon. Some other youkai who fell in early episodes were revived with artificial limbs by the efforts of Tengu and Prof. Yugami.
  • Subverted, natch, in Red Dwarf: Lister loses an arm in one episode and is fitted with a robot arm. Being Red Dwarf, it's a very cheap and basic robot arm and requires a full minute worth of extremely strenuous concentration to pick up a ball. In an additional subversion, turning up the sensitivity simply causes him to punch Kryten in the face repeatedly — it's being controlled by his subconscious, and he's angry at Kryten for amputating his arm.
    • The future echo of Lister has a prosthetic arm with a bottle opener built into it.
  • The Six Million Dollar Man, based on Martin Caidin's 1972 novel Cyborg, embodies this one, as does its spinoff The Bionic Woman.
    • Parodied by Family Guy: "Gentlemen! We can rebuild him! We have the technology! But we don't want to spend a lot of money." Cue a cyborg Peter with a bucket for a leg, a TV for a head and... yeah.
  • Every Borg drone on Star Trek has at least one artificial limb, and they all have glowing red camera-eyes. Any regular character who is assimilated however (Jean Luc Picard in TNG "The Best of Both Worlds" and several characters in ST:VOY "Unimatrix Zero") manages to keep all their limbs.
  • In the last season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Nog loses a leg in battle and has it replaced with an artificial one. (For those who are concerned about his baseball ability "afterward," the baseball episode takes place several episodes before Nog loses his leg.) Averted with General Martok who prefers to keeps his Eyepatch of Power rather than be implanted with an artificial eye.
  • In The X-Files, Krycek loses his arm in Season 4 and in all subsequent appearances has a prosthetic. This ultimately is his undoing, as he is unable to grab his gun when his other arm is injured.

  • In the manhua Oldman, the titular Billy Oldman rescues a former general, Rebekah, who had her limbs cut off when she was captured. He then brings her to a doctor who gives her a set of artificial limbs. In addition to letting her move under her own power again, they're designed with a weight system that lets her temporarily increase her speed and strength. (Because the doctor is a pervert, the switch to activate this effect is at the top of the legs.) When Oldman becomes a stage magician, Rebekah serves as a "living doll" in his act.

  • Played for Laughs in the Russian song Batalyon Boevye Protezy ("Battle Prostheses Battalion") by the band Belomors, about disabled people conscripted into the Russian army during the Second Chechen War, replacing their garden variety prostheses with sharp stuff like hooks and scythes and kicking major ass. The battalion commander, for example, has no hands but sports a single armor-piercing titanium hook.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Celtic Mythology examples:
    • The Battle Of Magh Tuireadh relates how Nuada, king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, lost an arm in combat and received a functional replacement crafted of silver.
    • The same tale is ascribed to Lugh Llaw Ereint in the Welsh mythological cycle Y Mabinogion and may spring from the same Ur-Root.
  • Similarly, the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca lost a foot fighting a gigantic earth monster; depending on which version of the story you hear, he either replaced it with a snake or a smoking mirror with magical properties.
  • The Brothers Grimm tale "The Armless Maiden" features a girl whose hands are replaced with silver after her father chops them off to appease the devil.
  • There is a variation of a Norse myth involving Sigurd and his battle with the dragon Fafnir. During the fight his hand is bitten off, but he afterwards receives a fully articulate metal replacement with intricate wiring in place of tendons.
  • The earliest known recording of the concept comes from the Rigveda, where the warrior queen Vishpala was granted a "leg of iron" after losing her own leg in battle.

  • The Ringmaster in Cirqus Voltaire has a spring for a neck, while the acrobat depicted in the backglass has her legs replaced with a giant coiled spring.
    Ringmaster: "You'd be cranky too, if you had a spring for a neck."
  • The Seer in Magic Girl also has a spring for a neck, as a reference to Cirqus Voltaire.
  • The backglass for Popeye Saves the Earth replaces Popeye's signature forearms with pinball flippers.

  • In The Adventure Zone: Balance arc "The Crystal Kingdom", Merle gets their arm turned into crystal and has to have it amputated before the rest of their body follows. Lucas is able to replace the limb with a magical plant.
  • In the Gemini arc of Sequinox, Vivaldi and Chell have a robotic arm and leg, respectively, in the post-apocalyptic world.
  • In Trials & Trebuchets, Artis gets two prosthetic fingers after losing them to being forcibly experimented on in Patter, and Mira gains a prosthetic right arm after Neska bites hers off.
  • The Japanese teenagers from the Twilight Histories episode “Project Gliese” have augmented their bodies with cybernetic enhancements. You also receive a robotic arm. Kaisa from the episode “True Aztec” has a steam-powered prosthetic leg.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Kerry Von Erich had to have his foot amputated after a 1986 motorcycle accident and continued to wrestle wearing a prosthesis. As kayfabe was still in effect, they said Kerry had had to have his ankle fused into walking position rather than it had to be removed. In the late-1980's, Kerry's prosthetic foot came off in the middle of a match.
  • Tenacious Z Zach Gowen would wrestle with a prosthetic leg and detach it to use as a club against opponents while the referee wasn't looking. He didn't need it, his balance was good enough to move around the ring and do top rope moonsaults on one leg. All the same, he joined The Age Of The Fall's campaign to take up as much of Ring of Honor's time as possible so Jimmy Jacobs could rant about the short comings of the American healthcare system.
  • Chris Melendez, who made his pro wrestling debut with TNA in 2014, wrestles with a prosthetic limb, which he got through the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon saw his career end after a car crash where he lost his leg. That didn’t stop him from appearing in the audience at an In Your House event where, during a No Disqualification match between Diesel and Shawn Michaels, Diesel went and removed his prosthetic leg to use as a weapon. Michaels fought back with a low blow and then used the leg on Diesel.

  • Sergeant McGurk in Revolting People has a wooden leg and a metal arm. The arm has a whisky flask built into it (and in sillier episodes will also dispense soda water and ice).

  • In the universe of Einsteinian Roulette, lost limbs are usually replaced by prosthetics with metal muscles and bones, with the convicts who have more tokens to spend buying synth-flesh prosthetics instead.
  • Equestria Chronicles has Nova Storm. Interestingly, she was born with three legs and had to get a fourth in order to join the guard.
  • MSF High Forum: Israfel has a legion made wooden false arm since Seram keeps his real arm, Fable was given an artificial arm by Yosah on her first day.
  • Pretty commonplace in Nexus Gate.
  • Little Red Riding Hood from We Are Our Avatars has a robot arm thanks to her arm getting frostbitten. It actually would have recovered, but luck conspired against her.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The BattleTech RPG MechWarrior has rules for characters getting prosthetics, ranked in four tiers, from crude hooks and pegs to full cybernetics sheathed in synthetic skin, as well as eye and ear replacements. However, there's no real advantage to them — at their best (and most expensive), they only allow a character to perform as well as they would with the original parts.
    • It's worth noting, though, that the novels feature two prominent characters who have weapon-grade lasers built into their artificial forearms, and a third whose prosthesis includes a hidden short-range communications device that allows him to safely exchange information with his contact under the guise of an innocuous meeting. There are also the Jihad-era Manei Domini (the Word of Blake's combat elite), who appear to be routinely equipped with various cybernetic enhancements.
  • The Cyberpunk game has this as well. Its chapter on replacement parts? Named 'Putting the Cyber in the Punk'. As per some of the examples above they are unable to give superstrength... without ripping you apart. However, later supplements have added borgs (full-body conversions a la RoboCop).
  • Deadlands has loads of fun with artificial limbs, starting with Steampunk limbs for living and undead [who take the advantage of the fact that most of their intestines can be removed (since, as undead, they no longer need it)], and their cyberpunk equivalents, again, for both living and undead. Having steam- or cyber-ware installed still lowers a character's Spirit attribute. Though that's probably justified in this case given that the limbs run on ghost rock, a fuel source made of damned souls. Or the trapped energy of a Harrowed's Manitou co-pilot. Only Harrowed can "survive" full-on cybernetics outside the odd limb or the like.
  • Being fairly Trope Overdosed, Dungeons & Dragons has their own. Half-golems are humans with replacement limbs crafted from iron, clay, or stone (or someone else's flesh...). Warforged limbs are Exactly What It Says on the Tin. There are hundreds of grafts available for various editions, including demonic claws and skeleton hands on fire.
    • There's also a third-party Dungeons & Dragons setting which has fantasy meet steampunk, with giant clanky ponderous mechs being used to fight sometimes. One of the classes is the Steamborg, who gets a small steam engine attached to himself, and slowly can change out limbs for mechanical replacements which give bonuses.
    • Pathfinder went beyond the magical overlay and has outright pure-technological cybernetics. You obviously won't find anyone capable of making them in most campaigns, but the rules are there and the default setting has places where they can be found and even class modifications geared towards using them. This can also provide a nasty surprise to players — the default state of the example cybertech is to be at best very hard to see, and while there are technology-detecting magic that can pick them up, magic-detection is far more common.
  • The Frickster, Zachary, Fullmetal, Zed Provhezor, and Paulie Gonepus from Dino Attack RPG.
    • While he does not have any confirmed artificial limbs, Kareem Nazareno specializes in creating these.
    • Dr. Cyborg not only has artificial limbs, he also has an artificial trunk and artificial half-face!
  • Cyberlimbs in Eclipse Phase, which range from "functional but not particularly awesome" to "I built myself as Captain Reputation and decided to go to town spending favours on cool upgrades". Actually, given the ubiquity of Brain Uploading you can get an entire artificial body.
  • It just wouldn't be Exalted if you couldn't get powerful cyberlimbs made of the magical materials. The Alchemicals stand out in this regard, though, as their Charms are "installed" and the more obvious ones take on the appearance of cybernetic augmentation.
  • Several character archetypes from the 2056 juncture of Feng Shui have the option of starting with one or more Robot Limbs. They are not true cybernetic hardtech, but are instead examples of arcanowave technology. Given the dangerous nature of such technology, most Robot Limbs can be found on Abominations, the altered demons that the Buro uses to fight its wars. If you have the Jammer supplement "Gorilla Warfare," you can instead start off with a set of regular hardtech Robotic Limbs as a Hardware schtick, which is favored by many Jammers who won't have any truck with arcanowave gear.
  • The "Fudge 10th Anniversary Edition" book for FUDGE contains rules for all sorts of implants, and by default there is no reason other than money not to have them. That said it also notes that just having arms and legs won't let you have super-strength because the human body can't support it, right before presenting a body frame that does let you do this.
  • Games Workshop games:
  • Genius: The Transgression naturally features a lot of options for doing this; any wonder small enough can be grafted on to your body, giving you artificial limbs of every shape, size and purpose in any style imaginable.
  • GURPS has a few. Ultra-Tech features artificial replacements or improvements for everything. One issue of Pyramid, Zauberpunk listed all sorts of crazy magical replacement arms including one with no physical substance.
  • In Hc Svnt Dracones artificial limbs are kind of in fashion for employees of Applied Sciences and Robotics. However they cost five times as much as cloned limbs and have no special game rule advantages aside from concealing small weapons.
  • In Ironsworn: Starforged, prosthetic limbs are common technology in the Forge. One of the example looks for player characters "has a prosthetic leg also adorned with art." Beyond flavor, the Augmented asset applies game mechanics to more advanced prosthetics, making the augment both a benefit and a potential complication when the prosthetic breaks.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The Alaran shard of Esper features Etherium, an alloy infused with pure aether. The Ethersworn have vowed to infuse every living thing on the plane with the substance. This is most readily seen in game as artificial limbs. [2]
    • Phyrexia also makes use of artificial limbs, to help their kind become closer to the Father of Machines, thus making them Borg-like in their ambitions. To wit, Mishra, Urza's brother and antagonist in the great Brothers' War, eventually is given an exoskeleton with only his head remaining from his original body. Later, Geth of Mirrodin gets the same "gift".
    • Done in card form with the Living Weapon ability from New Phyrexia; artifacts with this ability spawn a 0/0 Germ Token when they hit the field and automatically equip to it, but can attach to another creature at will, which kills the token. The most basic Living Weapon artifact, the Flayer Husk, is a four-fingered mechanical hand.
    • In Otaria, the Cabal replaces severed limbs with new ones, albeit usually involving some level of Body Horror. Chainer, for example, receives a very expensive metal replacement after losing a hand in a fight against Jeska and Balthor.
    • Played for Drama in Chainers Torment when Chainer, trying to heal his wounded friend, uses the Mirari to give Kamahl scaly, snakelike replacement limbs; Kamahl is horrified when he wakes up, and it ends up driving a wedge between the two.
  • Rifts makes a number of distinctions between cybernetics: Limbs and implants designed for civilian uses are simply called cybernetics, while armored limbs and weapons are called Bionics. Most characters, expect for Psionics, Mages, and supernatural creatures can get cyberneticsnote , or go for Partial (all limbs replaced, plus some torso or head implants) or Full (Everything but the central nervous system) Bionic Conversion. Full Conversion 'Borgs can take a number of shapes, such as the Dragon-shaped 'Borgs found in Japan. They also have "bio-systems," which are designed to look and feel like natural limbs, and are usually used as replacement for missing or defective limbs. They are so close to the real thing that they don't impair magical or psionic abilities.
  • In Rocket Age one of the only ways to buy off the Missing Limb trait is to acquire or build a cybernetic replacement.
  • Shadowrun has a whole suite of cybernetics that modifies everything and anything, from limbs, to bones and skin, to the central nervous system, to grafting entirely new appendages onto the body. There's even bio-engineered organic enhancements. The game's sourcebooks do explicitly mention that the rest of the body needs reinforcing for the technological enhancements, though. However, any enhancements alter the body's natural process, meaning they eat into Essence, meaning a hard cap that prevents you from replacing everything. (At least, with off-the-shelf stuff.)
  • In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, those Kharadron duradin who have lost a limb can get it replaced with a custom made aether-powered Steampunk augmetic.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • "Augmetic" limbs are very common in the setting. Curiously for such an otherwise over-the-top setting, in Dark Heresy it's explained that human bionics don't impart superhuman strength, exactly because it would tear the user apart. It's not entirely impossible, though — but the money needed for that kind of expert gear could buy you a much more effective suit of Powered Armor. Also, considering the partially poor understanding of technology, implants may work somewhere between phantastically (cortex implants from several thousand years ago that grant Dune Mentat-like intelligence), operational (bionic limbs for average soldiers that mostly work as they should, as long as the Tech-priests observe the necessary rites) and clumsy (bionic eyes that produce grainy and black/white pictures). Finally, there are servitors, lobotomized humans or animals stuffed full with bionics to serve essentially as robots. Notable examples include:
    • The Space Marines think nothing of using replacement limbs. Most notably the Iron Hands chapter, who are often seen sporting several bionic limbs and favor them over flesh and blood. This belief leads the Iron Hands marines to replace their right hand with a mechanical one upon initiation via religious ceremony.
    • Tech-priests believe that becoming more mechanical brings them closer to the Omnissiah, and thus voluntary replacements are not just accepted, but essentially mandatory to be able to function in society at all.
    • Ork doctors, known as Painboyz, are born with instinctive knowledge of the Ork anatomy, so they are always experimenting. The most famous, Mad Doc Grotsnik, gave several Orks exploding heads and regularly cuts off his own limbs and replaces them with 'cybork' parts or 'donations' from customers out cold on the slab.
    • While many Chaos Space Marines welcome mutations as gifts from the Chaos Gods, Traitor Marines of the Iron Warriors prefer to remove the offending limb and replace it with bionics.


  • In BIONICLE, Lariska has one completely mechanical arm (as opposed to being biomechanical, like everything else), as her original arm was removed as a punishment by the Shadowed One.

    Video Games 
  • The Nobleman from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has an artificial left arm ending in a claw.
  • Baten Kaitos is set in a world where everyone is born with "wings of the heart", which appear on the body at will — except for Kalas, the main character, who was born with only a single wing. His foster father made an artificial wing for him as a replacement.
  • Battleborn:
    • After El Dragón's arms were torn off by the rogue Magnus ISIC in a wrestling match, the luchador's lost limbs were replaced with giant robot arms.
    • Pendles is a part of an alien snake race that live part of their lives as bipedal creatures. Eventually however, they naturally shed off their limbs and return to living beneath the waves. When Pendles shed off his right tentacle, he put a halt to his natural molting process through hormone therapy and then acquired himself a nifty prosthetic arm.
    • Beatrix's limbs are all artificial, the most noticeable being her giant prosthetic syringe-arm the Incistyx Injector. Due to the terminal illness she was born with, her original limbs didn't grow and develop fully. As such, they had to be replaced.
    • Rendain has a very prominent mechanical right arm. In battle, the arm can detach from Rendain's body at the shoulder point and float mid-air a small distance away from him with only a couple of red bolts of energy tethering the arm to the still attached but now rotating propeller engine looking part of the arm. With his arm floating like this, Rendain has a wide range of attack.
  • In Bendy and the Ink Machine, Tom's left forearm has been replaced with the one from Chapter 4's animatronic Bendy.
  • Ragna the Bloodedge from BlazBlue got his right arm chopped off when he was a kid. His new right arm is made of the remains of the Black Beast. At the end of Continuum Shift, he loses his left arm. That gets replaced by Kokonoe with materials from Lambda-11's rejuvenation tank. Iron Tager, being a cyborg, has Artificial Everything.
  • The Bionic Commando series has the protagonist, Nathan "Rad" Spencer with a bionic arm. It has incredible grip and can grab everything. It's used as a gameplay mechanic as it replaces jumping with swinging.
  • In Bombshell, the protagonist has a prominent mechanical arm, which she received after losing her original one while working as a bomb disposal technician.
  • In Borderlands, Helena Pierce has an artificial arm. We find out why in Borderlands 2: she was attacked by skags because of a ring her husband gave her, which contained a pearl that released hunger-inducing pheromones. T.K. Baha also has an artificial leg, which he similarly lost to a skag.
    • The second game also has Sir Hammerlock who has a mechanical right arm and leg (ripped out by a thresher) and Gaige who has a mechanical left arm (who built it herself after deliberately cutting her own arm off so she could summon her robot).
    • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! has Wilhelm the Enforcer, who is addicted to body modifications and willingly replaces his limbs with cybernetics by obtaining new skills. He can replace his left arm and legs so he can punch really hard and shoot while sprinting respectively.
    • Tales from the Borderlands continues the tradition with one of the protagonists, Rhys. His right arm is cybernetic, as is part of his left eye. He has to tear them out and have them replaced by the end due to an AI copy of Jack inhabiting them. His Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Vasquez has a barely noticeable cybernetic pinky finger as a parody of this trope and a hint to his criminal ties.
  • Bug Fables: Vi's older sister Jaune is a skilled painter whose artsy nature is further emphasized by having a paintbrush implanted where her stinger should be.
  • Bugsnax: After cutting off their own leg For Science!, Floofty has to use a prosthetic. At first, they're shown with a wooden peg leg, but if they survive the finale they're shown in the credits with a full-on prosthetic.
  • In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, protagonist Jack Mitchell loses his left arm in combat early in the game and has it replaced with a prosthetic courtesy of the Atlas Corporation. At the beginning of the second to last mission, it is severely damaged by Big Bad Jonathan Irons, and the final mission ends with Mitchell cutting it off with a knife to drop Irons, who is hanging on to it over the side of a building, to his death.
  • Due to how prolific various cyberware is in the world of Cyberpunk 2077, quite a lot of characters had their regular limbs replaced. Some notable examples would be:
    • V has cybernetic forearms from the start, which house a retractable cable that allows them to connect to computers and terminals, and a grip that allows them to read things like magazine capacity of their guns. With time, the player can unlock more combat-oriented implants like the mantis blades.
    • Johnny Silverhand has his iconic, well, silver hand, from which he takes his stagename from. It's worth noting that this is one of the few times where a character has actually lost their limb, with Johnny losing his flesh hand during the war. It doesn't have any offensive capabilities and seems to function like a regular hand.
    • River Ward has a prosthetic right palm. It's relatively crude and simple, and seems to be a normal prosthetic.
    • Mitch has a simple prosthetic left arm. Like Johnny, he's also a veteran and lost his limb during the war, though a different one than the one Johnny fought in.
    • Dexter deShawn has a gold-plated right arm.
    • Many NPCs in the overworld can spawn with cybernetic arms and/or legs.
  • In Deus Ex, the protagonist JC Denton is an aversion — his limbs are all human, and his augmentations consist of nano-scale robots that have merged with his physical body on the cellular level, creating the first true fusion of man and machine. Denton's brother Paul, Walter Simons and Robert Page are similarly augmented. However, traditional mechanical implants are around (though on their way to obsolesence, much to the dismay of the people who opted for them), most prominently in UNATCO agents Anna Nevarre and Gunther Hermann. Conveniently, both Nevarre and Hermann are installed with a killphrase which, when said, causes them to violently explode.
    • Fan-made prequel and Game Mod 2027 features these, as nanoaugmentation is still on the drawing boards. In terms of gameplay, they still function like nano augs in the original game, except augs like the leg prosthesis make a whirring sound when used.
  • Adam Jensen, the protagonist of Deus Ex: Human Revolution gets both of his arms replaced with advanced prosthetics, and most of his body "enhanced" with cybernetic implants, after surviving an attack on a corporate research facility by a group of anti-bionics extremists. All the augments are present from the beginning of the game but Adam must learn to use them by earning experience and spending "Praxis Points". This allows the player to unlock various enhancements, including retractable blades, super jumping skills, pheromones and Optical Camouflage.
    • One of the antagonists, a mercenary named Barrett, has a minigun built into one of his cyberarms.
    • Artificial arms are the rage in 2027, it seems — Jensen's boss David Sarif and Tong Si Hung, a Shanghai bartender/mafioso, sport them too.
    • They are handled in a slightly more realistic way, especially regarding the super-strength aspect. While Jensen can punch through walls and do some serious damage with his prosthetics, its not as over-the-top as some other examples. Also, if you look at his chest when he's shirtless (best seen in the Missing Link DLC) you can see there's a support bar crossing his torso under his skin, linking both arms together, to prevent them tearing out. Plus every other person that has augmentations has to take a daily dose of a certain immunosuppressant to prevent a violent rejection of the augs.
  • In Devil May Cry 5, a villain rips off and steals Nero's demonic right arm, Devil Bringer. Nico builds him mechanical arms called Devil Breakers, which can emulate most of the Devil Bringer's techniques and use a few extra like a Rocket Punch attack. However, Devil Breakers will break if Nero is attacked while using them or if he uses a Charged Attack with them though fortunately he can find or buy replacements.
  • Elden Ring: Malenia's right arm is prosthetic. Her left leg and half her right leg are also prosthetic.
  • Can happen to the PC in the Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues; albeit with your brain, heart and spine and replaced with Tesla coils, an artificial heart/filter and a synthetic spine. How you are able to function with your brain missing (and have a conversation with it) is never explained, though it is all but stated that all the Think Tank have no idea what they're doing anymore and haven't for over a century and a half. The whole point of the DLC is to get your brain back which was misplaced by the Think Tank, though you can opt to keep your artificial brain if you want to, you just get different bonuses than if you get your brain reinstalled.
    • In a piece of Dummied Out content in the first Fallout there was a gang leader called Tangler who had a robotic arm. You were hired to kill him and tear it off from his corpse as proof you had done the deed.
    • Fallout 4 kind of plays on this trope with the Brotherhood of Steel Proctor Ingram, who lost both of her legs to Super Mutants. While she doesn't have any true prosthetics to replace them, Fallout 4 was the first game to treat Power Armor as a vehicle rather than a suit of armor that you would equip from your inventory, so Ingram is always seen in a power armor frame to allow her to get around.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Barret Wallace lost his arm to multiple bullet wounds. Later, his original artificial arm was replaced by a machine gun, and later upgraded in the Advent Children spinoff movie with the ability to morph into a (relatively) normal looking hand.
  • The Ghostrunner's left arm is replaced by a crude mechanical version after the original was ripped off by Mara. Zoe also mentions having a limb implant, though given her status as a Voice with an Internet Connection, we never actually see it in-game.
  • Granblue Fantasy: One of Balurga's hands got bitten off by one of the gang's war beasts when she was proving herself worthy of joining them. They replaced it by a clawed Arm Cannon.
  • Wendy Cooke has a wooden prosthetic arm in Growing Up but is conscious of it because bullies call her "Captain Hook" for it. However, she's inspired by it to make horror movie makeup and special effects.
  • Half-Life 2: Dr. Eli Vance has an artificial right leg, although it is crude and amounts to a curved, springy metal strip. His original leg was eaten by an alien animal. Eli Vance's leg is Truth in Television, although the springy metal strip type is usually used by athletes, because it's hard to stand still on one. On the other hand, not only would the Seven Hour War have limited his choices for a replacement, but one that allows the user to run would be very useful for a rebel.
  • Halo:
    • Halo: Reach: Kat has a mechanical right arm. Which is a bit odd in that there seems to be no other reason to put it into a much thinner and more skeletal casing than the other arm of the body armor, but to make it obviously visible.
    • The expanded universe has a lot more characters with robot limbs, like Captain Ponder, Eddie Underwood, and an officer overseeing the SPARTAN-III Alpha Company's augmentation procedure named De Guzman. Ponder and Eddie have artificial arms like Kat, while De Guzman has a synthetic left leg. Halo: The Fall of Reach also depicted Spartan-II James-005 lose his lower left arm to a Hunter's assault cannon, which is replaced with one of these before the Spartan is sent back into the field.
    • Halo Infinite: Escharum's Dragon, Blademaster Jega 'Rdomnai, is an Elite with a prosthetic left arm. The lore around the character says he was part of a special team who was maimed in combat. The Covenant was anti-prosthetic and fellow Elites felt he had lost his honour, but he instead found himself allying with the Banished, whose entire premise was rejecting the needless dogma of the Covenant.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    • In the first game, Darth Malak lost his mandible courtesy of a duel with Revan, requiring the use of an artificial jaw and vocabulator.
    • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Bao-Dur has an artificial arm he designed and built himself. He tries to joke about it, but turns out it's a "souvenir" from the horrors of Malachor V. It has the ability to disable force fields, but somehow restricts the kinds of armor he can wear.
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon: During the siege of Warfang, the golem replaces the arm it loses earlier in the game by magically grafting rubble from the city in its place, which assembles itself into a new, fully functional limb.
  • Madworld: Jack has a mechanical arm. With a built-in chainsaw.
  • Mass Effect: While never mentioned in-universe, a Geth arm was grafted onto Saren's body to replace his left arm.
    • In Mass Effect 2, it's mentioned that the means in which Shepard was resurrected was "bio-synthetic fusion", meaning most of their body was artificially created in some fashion or another. In addition to a reinforced skeletal structure and cybernetic implants, it's implied that their eyes and skin were replaced using cloned grafts.
  • Medievil 2: Professor Hamilton Kift has a pair of mechanical hands. Reading his journal late in the game reveals he was forced to replace his flesh-and-blood hands after they were badly mangled during an expedition to find Zarok's legendary spellbook alongside Palethorn.
  • Mega Man Legends 2: Joe has a Reaverbot arm, mostly longer than his natural arm. In fact, this seems rather common in the Legends era. The only major male character who doesn't seem to have mechanical prosthesis, at one time or another, is Werner von Bluecher.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Ocelot's artificial arm doesn't provide absurd amounts of Super Strength, but it still really hurts when he manages to punch you with it. Total-conversion cyborgs such as Grey Fox and Raiden do have inhuman strength and reflexes, as well as Implausible Fencing Powers.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: Peter Stillman has an artificial leg, after his original one was blown off when he failed to defuse a bomb in a church. Though he ends up being a subversion. In reality, he panicked and fled mid-defusal, leaving the bomb to detonate and kill some nearby kids. He faked having failed to defuse the bomb and lost a limb from the resulting explosion to garner sympathy because he couldn't bear to face the families of the real victims.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: Big Boss gets a few after losing his left arm. Initially, he has a Hook Hand, but is given a more advanced Bionic Arm by Ocelot, complete with full set of digits and wrist articulation. The arm can be swapped out for different models, such as an electrical stun arm, a remote controlled non-lethal or explosive arm, or a WISP arm that can teleport distant enemies to him.
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: "Jetstream" Sam Rodrigues has a cybernetic arm to replace the one he lost fighting Armstrong. The fact that this was his only cybernetic replacement makes him being able to best Raiden in their first fight and still match his upgraded body in their second one all the more impressive.
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: The cyborg Ghor only has 6% of his original body left, having replaced most of it with mechanical appendages. He displays a bit of Cybernetics Eat Your Soul — his personality changes from a fairly gentle and intelligent demeanor (it's noted that he will work for free or give bounty money to the victims of those he hunts) to aggressive and violent when he merges with his armorsuit, though he maintains control of himself as seen on Norion (where the player sees him both in and out of his suit — out of the suit, he calmly informs Samus of a tactical decision, while in the suit he starts shouting at her to get a move on to the objective while brandishing weapons). Justified in that the suit could be designed to alter his personality to make him more aggressive, as it's noted in his scan entry that he isn't a proficient fighter without it. However, after his corruption, he does get a terminal case of straight Cybernetics Eat Your Soul as seen when, without his suit, he gloats and causes some destruction to hinder Samus but is easily fended off (and even makes a remark while retreating that could show he's not yet fully corrupted), but in his suit he goes full-on berserker, going as far as to throw Samus' gunship at her.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Major Jackson Briggs a.k.a. "Jax" has bionic implants covering his arms that give him enhanced strength. Unlike most cybernetic arms, these can be removed, and he retains his natural arms underneath.
    • Mortal Kombat 9: In the Continuity Reboot, Jax's arms are brutally removed by Ermac and replaced with cybernetic implants, making them 100% artificial arms.
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: Bracken has an artificial leg.
  • In No More Heroes, Holly Summers has an artificial leg. In addition, Shinobu gets a mechanical replacement for the hand Travis chops off at the end of her fight with him.
    • In Japan, due to Bowdlerization, Shinobu doesn't get her hand cut off at the end of the fight, which led to some confusion about whether or not her losing the hand was canon. This was settled in Desperate Struggle, which confirmed she has a mechanical hand.
    • In III, both her arms are ripped off and have to be replaced.
  • The sligs in the Oddworld series use mechanical "pants", which come in two forms: a pair of cybernetic legs or a helicopter backpack with a built in grenade launcher. Interesting for this trope, they're not actually fused to the user's body; they're mass produced for the slig species to compensate for the fact that they didn't evolve legs, and operate like the lower half of a suit of Power Armor.
  • Overwatch has several characters with artificial limbs of varying quality. Junkrat has a mechanical peg-leg and a mechanical hand (not surprising, considering his fondness for explosives and lack of any safety awareness), Cassidy/McCree and Symmetra both have a relatively nice looking mechanical arm while Torbjörn has a weird claw thing replacing the lower part of his arm. Genji is a full Cyborg with all of his limbs being mechanical (his Blackwatch skin has the left arm as flesh but the normal skin has it mechanical). Doomfist's right arm is a cybernetic limb that he uses to wield his Power Fist, but is also strong enough by itself to smash through concrete.
  • The "Artificial Organs" scenario in Plague Inc. places you in a world where artificial organs are cheap and reliable, so you have to pit your plague against a humanity that can survive otherwise deadly symptoms like total organ failure, as they search for a cure. If you evolve the Insanity symptom, then you'll get treated to the lovely news that people are ripping their own artificial organs in bouts of madness, leading to messy and quick deaths.
  • Psychonauts has Dr. Loboto, who has a clawed hand with a pepper grinder built in.
  • Quantum Replica: Alpha appears to have a prosthetic in place of his left arm.
  • Raid 2020: Shadow lost his right arm some time before the game which has been replaced by a robotic arm with an integrated mini-computer.
  • Rimworld has artificial limbs ranging from simple peg legs to bionic limbs and eyes that perform better than their biological counterparts. Characters with the "Transhumanist" trait want to be cybernetically enhanced and get a mood bonus if they have an artificial body part; conversely, Body Purists consider bionics unethical and get a permanent mood penalty if they have any artificial parts.
  • In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wolf has his left arm cut off at the beginning of the game and has a bone prosthetic attached to the stump that functions exactly as the lost limb and also has a grappling hook and a variety of shinobi tools installed in it, such as a flamethrower, a spring-loaded spear and so on.
  • In Sly Spy, the boss of the third level is a Giant Mook with two metal arms.
  • Yoshimitsu from Soulcalibur is a bizarre case, as he lives in the late 16th century. His missing arm is replaced by a strange wooden contraption, which still serves him well enough to sword fight with the best of them (and in a few of his moves, he visibly grabs and moves the replacement's wrist with his good hand). His 20th-century counterpart from Tekken may or may not have a mechanical arm; it's hard to tell in most of his costumes (PROTIP: one hand is usually spinning at the wrist).
    • In the Soul Calibur IV Character Creation, it's seen that his left arm, face and both legs are also prosthetic, making him a possible Man in the Machine.
  • Space Siege: As you play security officer Seth Reynolds, you have the option during the game to upgrade yourself with cybernetics. This also enables the option to use heavier weapons. In the end you have the option to go with the ship AI ‘’Pilot’’ and turn all into cyborgs or kill the AI
  • The Grox of Spore. Being an Affectionate Parody of the Borg, the entire species has replaced their right arms, legs, and eyes with cyborg equivalents.
  • In Star Sweep Dr. J has a robotic arm, in contrast with the fantasy aesthetic everything else has.
  • Starcraft: When General Warfield has to have his right arm amputated after being poisoned by a Hydralisk, he returns with a sweet mechanical prosthetic that changes into a cannon.
    • Swann also has one, from when he lost an arm when he and his miners rebelled against the Kel-Morian Combine.
  • The pilots of the Star Fox universe have prosthetic legs replacing their normal ones. For years fans have created theories as to their purpose, ranging from augmenting the pilots for field work, to move faster, to helping the pilots deal with extreme G-Forces. Years later, creator Miyamoto finally confirmed why the Star Fox team were depicted with metal legs: it was an attempt to make his Funny Animals appear more human to the player and look cool.
  • Subverted: Raidies F. von Branstein of Super Robot Wars fame has a prosthetic hand. It apparently doesn't look realistic despite its functionality, so he wears a glove over it. He also never shows any kind of increased strength or anything. In fact, he likes to pretend it doesn't exist...
  • The Agents in Syndicate are kidnapped humans that undergo a conversion process by the Syndicate organizations, starting with the implantation of a mind control chip. As you earn money you can upgrade their bodies with cybernetic parts. By the end of the game, each agent is practically a full-conversion cyborg, able to carry several miniguns and a rocket launcher or two.
  • Zagi from Tales of Vesperia gets a laser-shooting blastia arm after losing the use of his left arm from the second fight he has against the party. It's begun to have some unsettling effects on him by the time he confronts the party for the last time, due to him misusing it.
  • The Gunslinger, one of the weapons for the Engineer in Team Fortress 2, is a mechanical hand designed by his grandfather Radigan. It was implied in the official blog that the Engineer willingly sawed off his original right hand to accommodate the replacement, though some theories exist that the hand under the glove was always artificial.
  • Garrett in Thief has his eye plucked out partway through the first game. In the epilogue, it's shown that he's gotten a mechanical replacement, which he keeps for the rest of the series. It grants him a few neat tricks like telescopic vision and (very limited) remote camera input. The second game reveals that the eye was given to him by the Hammerites, perhaps out of gratitude for his actions at the end of the first game.
  • Wild Dog of Time Crisis gets one with a built-in chain gun after his defeat in the first game.
  • In Touhou Project, Kasen appears to have a magical prosthetic arm. Normally she wraps it in bandages and claims it's scarred from an old injury, but there isn't anything but smoke underneath the bandages, and she can detach it and control it remotely (when she thinks no one is looking). She's been given access to several magical means of healing her arm, but it seems there was something special about how it was removed and indeed she's actively searching for her missing arm.
  • Perhaps the most extreme example is Sydney Losstarot from Vagrant Story. He sacrificed all four of his limbs to the goddess of his religion, Mullenkamp, and had all four replaced by creepy steampunk-ish prosthetics.
  • Limb replacement is fairly commonplace in Warframe; the average Grineer requires extensive surgery in order to function due to their production flaws, and mechanical limbs are a common sight. Some of them take it further; Councillor Vay Hek appears to have only kept his original face. The rest of him has changed quite a bit.
    • The Solaris of the Fortuna colony tend to sell and replace their limbs as partial payment of 'debts;' oddly, the most common prosthetic seen is artificial heads.
  • Kanon from Wild ARMs 2 has had an arm and part of her trunk replaced by cybernetics; she not only has enhanced strength, but also neat gadgets like a hookshot. Considering the generally low-tech or steampunk feel of the game, one wonders how they can function as well as they do.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Hilarity Ensues when Fergus gets an artificial arm that appears to have a mind of its own, punching him in the face when he's trying to sleep and grabbing a woman's breast while Fergus is making a romantic overture.
  • You can make an Xbox Avatar with prosthetic limbs.
  • In XCOM: Enemy Unknown's Expansion Pack Enemy Within, your troops can undergo surgery to become MEC Troopers. This involves having all four limbs amputated and replaced with cybertech sockets that can either mount robotic imitations of the original limbs when not in combat, or interface with the Mechanical Exoskeletal Cybersuits that gives them their class name. The benefit of this is the operative gets to be a ridiculously tough 12-to-15-foot-tall mechanic giant that carries a rifle-like Minigun (that can be upgraded up to a Particle Cannon, and can be equipped with subsystems like a Barrier Busting Rocket Punch, a proximity mine layer, a flamethrower that can make anything organic panic, an EMP module, and other such goodness. When researching the technology, it's noted that the surgery is reversible (though not in the game).

    Visual Novels 
  • For a Visual Novel that deals with the protagonist losing an arm, surprisingly only one of the four routes in Brass Restoration has Ryo get an artificial arm. Maybe not so surprisingly, the route it happens in is Yoshine's. After all, artificial arms can be rather expensive, so if you're not rich yourself, you do kinda need a rich girl who likes you enough to pay for it herself.
  • C14 Dating: Hendrik lost a hand in a car accident and has a fairly mundane replacement. The hand part of his forearm-covering prothestic seems to be mostly cosmetic and he sometimes needs to detach it to use the Hook Hand he has underneath. His route includes an event in which he asks Melissa to hold his hand while she is assisting him with a task and quickly turns out to mean the removable one.
  • In The Eden of Grisaia following the bus accident, Kazuki's left arm was injured. Later, she was found and rescued and then connected to the Thanatos computer system. When she comes out of it she has a grasping claw instead of a lower left hand. But she actually just has an atrocious sense of humor. After nobody comments on it through the entire main story, she pops it off casually in front of Chizuru with a normal hand beneath and causes her to splutter out her assumptions that Kazuki's injured arm had to be amputated. It was just a toy.
  • In Fate/stay night's final arc, Heaven's Feel Shirou gets a replacement arm from Archer, but as that's organic it doesn't really count. However, in the good ending, he gets a replacement body doll which becomes a normal body as long as he possesses it. He needed it due to having died destroying the true Grail and being resurrected as a spirit by Ilya's sacrifice.
    • In the related Fate/hollow ataraxia, Bazett's arm was cut off by Kirei in order to control Lancer. After the events of the main story, Bazett replaces it with an artificial arm.
  • Emi of Katawa Shoujo has these, probably not surprisingly. Having lost her legs below the knee in a car accident, she uses prosthetics. This does not impede her ability to run in the hallways in the slightest.
    • Emi's prosthetic legs are of the realistic type: inert, not entirely functional, obviously artificial, and require constant maintenance (she also has another pair of carbon-fiber running blades of the type used by paralympic athletes, which she uses for sports). Emi shows us exactly how a person with enough conviction can be more than awesome enough with just those, without needing any fancy bionics.
  • In Marco and the Galaxy Dragon, Dosgoro gets a cybernetic arm to replace the one that Gargouille sliced off at their first meeting.
  • Snake in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors has a prosthetic left arm, which ends up being quite useful in two different ways. It lets him remove his bracelet at will, bypassing the RED/DEAD system as he pleases, and it proves that the dead "Guy X" isn't him, as the corpse has an ordinary flesh arm.
  • In VA-11 HALL-A, Dana's right arm and both of Alma's are replaced with cybernetic prosthetics. Alma replaced her arms to make her job as a professional hacker easier, typing faster and never getting carpal tunnel, while there are conflicting stories on why Dana's arm is artificial. Additionally, Jamie notes that while he's still organic enough that his skin heals on its own, enough of his body has been replaced that he's disqualified from hiring Dorothy due to her 40% organic policy.

    Web Animation 
    • Co-host Wiz has a cyborg arm that suffers from glitches, such as "accidentally" punching Boomstick. The reason for having his arm was revealed in "Shredder vs. Silver Samurai", where Boomstick cut off his real arm while playing with a tachyon table saw.
    • And as for Boomstick himself, his left leg is a shotgun, specifically the Super Shotgun from Doom II.
  • Lobo (Webseries): Stumpy, an arms dealer has robotic arms.
  • The defining feature of the namesakes of Meta Runner, with the arms specifically designed to enhance their gaming performance.
  • Deandra The New Girl from The Most Popular Girls in School has a robotic left arm from Episode 14 onward. And yes, Fullmetal Alchemist has been referenced a hundred gazillion times by the fans (and twice by the In-Universe characters) because of it.
  • Arthur of Mystery Skulls Animated built himself a functional metal prosthetic arm to replace the one that got torn off in the cave.
  • In the music video for Nightrunner's Magnum Bullets several characters are cyborgs. Star has a pair of prosthetic legs, with the thighs floating a couple inches above the knees; Square loses his left arm and eye in the beginning and replaces them with clunky prosthetics, including shears on a retractable cable; while Big Bad Stag has a hologram in place of his head.
  • Demo Man shows up once again in the flashback portions of Red vs. Blue Season 10 after getting hit by a MAC round fired from the main cannon of the Mother Of Invention from orbit, with the only visible damage being that he now has cybernetic arms. Crosses over into Artificial Limbs Are Stronger territory when he's shown firing a shotgun one handed, knocking Agent Carolina to the ground with a single punch, and catching a grenade fired by Agent Maine's Brute Shot.
  • RWBY:
    • Mercury's legs are cybernetic from the knees down. How he lost his original legs has yet to be revealed, although his origins episode with Cinder and Emerald heavily suggests he had them amputated and replaced after he killed his abusive father, since his legs were shown to be badly injured and he could barely stand on them.
    • James Ironwood takes this trope to an extreme: his right arm, right leg, and a good chunk of the right side of his torso are cybernetic. He really is more machine than man. Like Mercury, no word at the moment on what led to this.
      • In volume eight Ironwood replaces his left forearm with a cybernetic limb. Notably he might not actually have had to do this; the injury that spurred the decision appeared to be a debilitating but not necessarily permanent burn, and he apparently opted to simply replace it rather than take time to heal...
    • In Volume 4, Yang gets an artificial right arm to replace the one she lost to Adam. It's eventually revealed that it was made by Pietro Polendina, and the man helps her upgrade it once she meets him.
    • Cinder loses her arm to Ruby and gets it replaced, but unlike the other examples on this list Salem had it replaced with a Shadow Arm, a Grimm appendage with claws, super strength, extreme stretchiness, regeneration and the ability to steal Maiden powers. However, it can't be protected by aura, the regeneration is painful and it seems to be consuming more and more of Cinder's body, not to mention it seems to have a consciousness.
    • Maria Calavera uses prosthetic eyes to see, though they aren't new and better replacements since they need to be taken for maintenance up every ten years or she's basically blind, and are prone to shutting down if hit with electricity. It turns out her prosthetics really aren't as good as her eyes were, considering they were lost because she was targeted for having Silver Eyes.
    • In an interesting twist on this trope, Tyrian Callows, a scorpion faunus, gets a cybernetic stinger after Ruby cuts the original one off in retribution for stinging her uncle Qrow.
  • Supermental: Pent's right foot is a metal bar. Smack removed his foot for unknown reasons.
  • Super Smash Adventures: Erpain the Python has a set of Doctor Octopus-style robotic arms that he can remotely control.
  • Played With with Zetto in TOME. After Zetto's first encounter with The Forbidden Power, Zetto's character model's left arm was permanently destroyed, forcing him to replace it with a digital metal arm. However, Zetto's arm in real life remains intact, although in TTA it's stated that Zetto still feels pain in his left arm from time to time.

    Web Comics 
  • Professor Trevols from Alice and the Nightmare has an artificial hand to replace one he lost to a Jabberwocky. It seems to be just a simple replacement.
  • Angels 2200: Both Pronto and Toat sport cybernetic prostheses.
  • Angel Down: Ariel has a cybernetic left arm, wich replaces the one she lost in an explosion.
  • In Bicycle Boy, the majority of Poet's body is mechanical.
  • Joana in Binary Stars lost her arm in an explosion, and now has a robotic prosthesis in its place.
  • Clubber in City of Reality has an artificial arm that incorporates a variety of useful tools, including an Arm Cannon.
  • Nin Wah the red panda in Commander Kitty has a cybernetic right arm that also happens to be a powerful Arm Cannon.
  • Dominic Deegan's title character has an artificial leg. He lost the original leg in an explosion set off by his Evil Counterpart. Unusually, it's a standard prosthetic limb with no special powers.
  • Kimiko Ross in Dresden Codak replaced her ''own'' arm, legs and eye shortly after losing the originals in a battle with time-traveling luddites (lucky for her she was already a transhumanist) and that's after she escaped from the hospital using thermite, a parachute, and the one arm she had left.
  • Characters in Drowtales have 2 options — golem limbs (see Magitek) or demon limbs. The latter is rare and seen only in a private section (at least so far). A notable example is Nihi'Liir here after she lost it here
  • In El Goonish Shive, Lord Tedd has what appears to be a prosthetic arm that can shoot energy blasts. Some fans have theorized that it's partly made of the TF gun that causes Body Horror.
  • Jason in The Ends gets a cyborg arm to replace one that was torn off by a monster.
  • Mecha-Nicole of Everyday Heroes was a former mad scientist who gave herself an artificial head.
  • Jordan from Exploitation Now lost her left arm in a car accident when she was little. And replaced it with a mechanical one armed with all sort of gadgets.
  • In Exterminatus Now Lothar Hex has two prosthetic legs with rocket boots built in, a bionic right arm with a plasma blaster and power saw, and a cybernetic eye that he uses to record daemon girls making out. He also mentions having a robotic spine one time they're dumping bodies.
  • Foot Loose: Iordan becomes a cyborg when the desperate healing magic required to save him after his Heroic Sacrifice converts the mecha battlesuit he's wearing into a bionic left arm that unfortunately has not just one but two minds of its own.
  • In Gifts of Wandering Ice webcomic Faith, one of the Norns, has a cyber-arm and a cyber-leg.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Dimo loses an arm in Sturmhalten. Maimed Jägers traditionally take up residence in Mechanicsburg to wait for a Heterodyne to repair them. This option not being available during the time the Baron time-froze the town, Dimo somehow acquires a mechanical arm. (It's possible that it is built by the construct Punch, who is a skilled blacksmith.)
    • Martellus cuts his left hand off after a rebel Smoke Knight poisons it. Agatha helps him build a mechanical replacement, in her sleep. He eventually shows up sporting, without comment, a more biological version.
  • Cora of Grrl Power was born without limbs and has hard light artificial ones.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court inverts this, by giving Robot S13 a replacement arm made of magic wood. While Ysengrin's arms initially appear to fall under this trope, they're later shown to be Powered Armor.
  • Shogun in Harkovast has a mechanical hand (and forearm) which is strong enough to crush the blades of swords.
  • Bombshell (from Heroes Unite/Heroes Alliance as well as her own title) has a cybernetic arm that functions like a real one as well as being able to deliver a nasty electric shock.
  • In Homestuck, robotics expert Equius gave his crush Aradia (a Dead to Begin With character) a robotic body. His other works have been (in flashbacks) Vriska's robotic arm and replacement eye after she lost both to Terezi's Batman Gambit, which caused her future-seeing cueball to explode in her face and Tavros's legs after having been a wheelchair- then hoverchair-bound paraplegic throughout their game session (since Vriska psychically coerced him to jump off of a cliff).
    • Spades Slick progressively gains more robotic parts as he suffers greater injuries. He first acquires a robotic arm after Snowman whips his first arm off, and after surviving the destruction of his universe, nearly all parts of him are artificial except for half his face.
    • Lord English has his own golden peg-leg, which is inspired by his younger self's use of one of Dirk's spare robot legs, which somehow works as it's supposed to even though he simply sticks it onto his self-inflicted wound without any further procedures.
  • Isabelle from The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant! has artificial legs jointed at an artificial pelvis AND an artificial left arm. She also has an artificial tail, but that isn't replacing anything. (Probably?)
  • Crustaceo from The Incredible and Awe-Inspiring Serial Adventures of the Amazing Plasma-Man has a bionic crab claw in place of his right arm.
  • Kiwi Blitz:
    • Steffi has a robotic leg due to an injury she suffered in early childhood jumping in front of a bullet aimed at her dad.
    • Gear has a prosthetic arm and leg, plus a patch over her missing left eye
    • Reed Bahia acquired a prosthetic arm after Gear cut off his arm.
  • Daisy Archanis in Last Res0rt gets one of these as part of the Backstory just before the show begins, after having her left leg amputated while in Celigo's custody. It's heavily implied that Veled had it removed to prevent her from being able to teleport.
  • Leif & Thorn: Birch has a prosthetic leg from dragon-induced injuries.
  • Lighter Than Heir: New mechanical limbs are seemingly a specialty of Steinbech's technology, not counting their weapons tech. And they don't just do replacements. Vogel gets a "cast" over his broken arm which is basically a gauntlet, and he's shown being able to move it almost like normal while it's healing.
  • Kaogin, from The Motley Two, has a robotic arm and leg, replacements she had to get after a Noodle Incident. The arm grants her Super Strength, enough to tear down a wall. Also, she's got a vocal implant that allows her to autotune while singing.
  • Resident Black Knight Ballister Blackheart from NIMONA has a robotic right arm. His arm was shot off by his best friend Goldenloin after Blackheart won a joust with him.
  • In Pilot, robotic arms, legs, and even eyes are extremely commonplace.
  • Clinton from Questionable Content has a robotic right hand, which he got following a fireworks accident as a child. His sister mentions that he took the loss of his original hand well and actually prefers his robotic one, noting the unfortunate moral of the story seems to be "playing with fireworks gets you cool robot limbs".
  • Sarilho: Filipa has a prosthetic leg after an incident in chapter 3.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • Action Girl Ellen Foxworthy ("Elf") loses her legs due to an antimatter explosion going off under her. She spends two weeks real-time (a few hours comic time) being carried, then gets a set of massive prosthetic legs cannibalized from power armor.
    • And then there's Lieutenant Der Trihs, who essentially has a prosthetic head. He has been reduced to a head in a jar no less than three times, his survival courtesy of the universe's well-nigh-indestructible material that he had his skull reinforced with. He's gone through one prosthetic arm, a prosthetic whisk, and a robot body connected to his jar. The chef now wears his "hand-me-down" limbs.
    • Both characters eventually had their bodies regenerated properly.
  • Sleepless Domain, which, note, is done by the same person that does Kiwi Blitz:
    • Steffi's counterpart, Pop Blitz, also has a mechanical leg that either transforms into a magical construct or simply changes to a pink color when she's in her magical girl form.
    • Mingxing has a prosthetic arm, and it's implied to be at least her second one. The arm she had before her current one was made by a magical girl named Steampunk Princess, but when she aged out and the prosthetic stopped working (implying that the limb was powered by SP's magic abilities), she got a new one from (the Alt Text suggests) Techno Blitz.
    Mingxing: I like the more Sci-Fi vibe. Beep boop beep boop.
  • In S.S.D.D, CORE marines have a certain saying. "If you still have all your limbs... you're not trying hard enough!"
  • Ally from Stubble Trouble has a prosthetic leg to replace her original leg which was severely damaged in a car crash.
  • Tabitha from Sweet Dreams sports a prosthetic arm, similar to real-world pincer handed ones.
  • In Trying Human, when EBE1 first crashed on Earth (in the Forties), they amputated his arm and replaced it with one made of the metal from his ship, which he retains in present-day storyline.
  • Unsounded has Magitek prostheses of various levels of quality and function. Duane's artificial eyes are nearly as good as the real thing, and Crescian soldiers get top-rate prosthetic limbs with extra features that range from cigarette-lighting to self-lubricating.
  • Minnow in Val and Isaac has cybernetic arms. At one point she swaps arms with her robot girlfriend.
  • Cirrus of Wake of the Clash is seen in flashbacks using her cloud-forms to simulate a prostetic arm. She does this again during the main story when she insists she is no longer Cirrus, but instead just Abigail Hoang.

    Web Original 
  • Tails of the Bounty Hunter: Cale Tomlik's right arm is made of metal and has false fur and flesh covering it. It's also mentioned in chapter 5 that many residents in LynKaster City also have cybernetic limbs.
  • Simon Heller, a character in the Unwaking setting of The Wanderer's Library, has an artificial hand after he traded the real one for better eyes.
  • There is a whole group of side-character students like this in the webfiction Whateley Universe at the Whateley Academy. She-Bot was born a thalidomide baby, and took to robotic limbs far better than anyone could have expected. Because she's a mutant. She's upgraded her own limbs several times. Rack is a dwarf who has built himself a normal-sized super-suit. Techno-Devil, the son of the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik, has replaced one of his own eyes with a glaring red cyber-implant, and has cybernetic input jacks on both side of his skull. There are characters who have deliberately done even more disturbing cyber-things to their bodies.

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventure Time, there have been three alternate versions of Finn to have an artificial arm. In the episode "Finn the Human", when Finn is teleported to an alternate timeline where the Lich never existed he can replace his arm with a sword. As of the Season 6 premiere, Finn's arm is torn off in the main timeline, necessitating one of these. When it grows back and is later torn off again in the Season 7 finale, he gets a robotic arm that later turns out to be a Swiss Army Appendage.
  • Professor Tite-Gripp from Atomic Puppet has two huge bionic arms that give him superhuman strength and make him a formidable member of the Rogues Gallery.
  • Combustion Man from Avatar: The Last Airbender has a prosthetic right forearm and lower leg, purportedly from injuries sustained when still learning to control his technique. Toph can detect his approach via her Seismic Sense and describes it as sounding like a "metal man".
  • Grim Reaper in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! has one that turns into a scythe.
  • Big City Greens: Gramma Alice Green has a prosthetic right leg. She sometimes unscrews it to use it as a tool/weapon or to gain some sort of advantage.
  • Modo from Biker Mice from Mars has a cybernetic arm to replace the one he lost on Mars to the Plutarkians.
  • In Boo Boom! The Long Way Home, Cristopher the rooster lost his tail some time ago, so he uses a broom as an improvised replacement. It's mostly played for laughs.
  • In the Bump in the Night episode "Farewell, 2 Arms," while Molly's left arm is detached and under repair, she finds a stronger replacement and feels the need to replace her right arm too. Over the course of the episode, she has her entire body replaced, creating a completely new entity. She comes back after Squishy puts all her original parts back together.
  • In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Commander Nebula's artificial left leg functions as a Leg Cannon. Warp also has an artificial right hand.
  • DuckTales (2017): Della Duck gets her left leg trapped under debris after her rocket ship crashed. The next scene shows her with a metal leg.
  • Final Space: Gary has his arm ripped off by the Lord Commander in the second episode and uses an arm taken from a robot for the rest of the show.
  • Done for laughs with Fry of Futurama. In one episode he feeds a T. rex at a sort of petting zoo, and the T. rex bites off his hands. A quick stop at Hands Crafters and he's as good as new.
    • Another episode features Fry winning the Robot Devil's hands. When the Robot Devil stalls for time, Fry impatiently says, "Stop being such a baby and cut off my hands."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has Hoss Delgado, a "spectral exterminator" as a recurring character. Hoss has a mechanical right hand, which can transform into a variety of gadgets including but not limited to an ectoplasm cannon, a box of tic-tacs, a chainsaw, and in the Underfist special he can be seen with an attachment that looks suspiciously like the energy sword from Halo.
  • Inspector Gadget. What bits of him are real in the original cartoons? The Movie makes it clear that the only thing still real about Gadget is his brain.
  • In Justice League, Aquaman cuts off his own hand to save his son. It is later replaced with a hook that resembles a harpoon.
  • Just like in the post-Zero Hour comics above, in the Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon, the episode "Chained Lightning" sees Lightning Lad loses an arm to an attack by Imperiex; Brainiac 5 gives him a new cybernetic arm. He can still channel his powers through the arm and it comes with some cool other features, but the whole thing is a bit unnerving for a couple of reasons. First off, Lightning Lad was knocked unconscious by the attack, and Brainiac 5 just started working on him without, you know, asking if he wanted a cybernetic arm in the first place. Second, Lightning Lad doesn't even spare a second lamenting the loss of his freaking arm; he says "Cool" and hops out of bed to go fight the bad guys. Sorry, but losing a freaking limb isn't the slightest bit traumatic?
    • It's... possible... that in the far future the loss and replacement of limbs is relatively common. See the Futurama example below.
  • In Mummies Alive! Armon has a prosthetic arm that's only usable in his powered up form.
  • Shows up in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic of all places. The Season 5 finale The Cutie Re-Mark involved time travel which created alternate timelines, the very first of which had Rainbow Dash, one of the core cast, shown with a metal replacement wing.
    • In the Rainbow Roadtrip special, the pegasus Kerfuffle has a prosthetic left hind leg made from carved wood and brass.
  • Phineas and Ferb: "Road to Danville" revealed that Dr. Doofenshmirtz lost both his arms in two separate incidents and replaced them with titanium prostheses.
  • On Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, Hannibal McFist is easily recognized by his mechanical right arm, which also contains its own brain with a pair of eyes.
  • The Scotsman of Samurai Jack has a machine gun in place of his left leg.
  • Dr. Robotnik had a robotic arm in the Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) cartoon because he accidentally roboticized it.
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Curt Connors has an impressive robotic prosthetic arm, while Doctor Octopus is fused at the spinal cord to a harness with four superstrong robotic arms. Doc Ock uses these as extra arms and feet, and to batter and throw opponents. The three claws at each end can rotate like miniature buzz-saws.
  • In Steven Universe, it's eventually revealed that Peridot wears "limb enhancers" which have several functions such as a laser cannon, hologram projector, and helicopter. She's not actually lacking any limbs (being a Gem, she could reform and regenerate any missing parts); rather, they serve to compensate for her weak body similarly to Powered Armor since her caste was made from weaker materials due to a shortage of resources. After losing the enhancers, she's much smaller and weaker than before.
  • In Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Scrapperton originally just had a prosthetic leg, but then made a matching one and eventually replaced his whole body with mechanical parts.
  • In ThunderCats (2011), Panthro gets a double lower-arm set after kicking Grune's tail.
  • Angry Archer in Transformers: Animated has a robotic arm, although it might just be a gauntlet rather than a replacement limb.
  • Shiro from Voltron: Legendary Defender has a robotic arm that he acquired during his time as a prisoner of the Galra.
  • The moment Qilby reveals himself as the Big Bad of Season 2 of Wakfu, he turns the Eliacube into a replacement arm made of pure wakfu.

    Real Life 
  • Needed by people in real life, of course, due to various types of traumatic injuries, illnesses, and congenital conditions.
  • Royal Air Force pilot Douglas Bader lost both legs in an ill-advised bit of stunt-flying a year or two before WW2 broke out. He fought his way out of an invalidity discharge and proved himself capable of being a fighter pilot, knocking down several Germans in the Battle of Britain. Captured in 1942 he made a series of escape attempts, despite the obvious handicap, and was eventually sent to the special camp for persistent escapers, Colditz. He still begged for a place on the emergency escape glider prisoners built secretly in 1945.
  • Götz von Berlichingen, a German knight in the 1500s who lost a hand at 24 but with an articulating prosthesis continued to fight in several wars over a 47-year career.
  • Oscar Pistorius, a runner, became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics, coming second in his heat but losing the semi-final. There was a fair bit of controversy over the matter, to the point that he was initially barred from the games, not he had an unfair disadvantage, but because there were worries that his prosthetic legs were more effective than biological ones.
  • There's at least one runner who was barred from competing not due to unfair competition but because his foot blades could endanger other runners.
  • In the 2008 summer Olympics, one competitor of the woman's free swim had a prosthetic leg with a "flipper" on it.
  • The woman with a full-on mermaid tail. Get her a laser-shooting trident and she can cosplay Splash Woman!
  • After miniature sculptor Michael Perry lost his right hand in an accident with a cannon, he not only learned to sculpt left-handed but had a prosthesis specially built to aid in his sculpting.
  • Aron Ralston replaced the arm he cut off (having gotten it trapped under a boulder) with an ice pick.
  • Athlete and model Aimee Mullins can make herself taller by swapping out her traditional artificial legs for a longer pair (similar to how people make themselves taller by putting shoes on) — her height can vary between 5 ft. 8 in. and 6 ft. 1 in. Granted, Ms. Mullins does have some very pretty prostheses, including a set of hand-carved, solid ash wood "boots" with integrated heels designed by Alexander McQueen.
  • Similar to the above, the Finnish cartoonist and politician Kaisa Leka had her lower legs replaced with prosthetics due to a deformity that caused her severe pain when walking.
  • Canadian Harold Russell lost both hands in a WWII training exercise — he was outfitted with articulated hooks and, while working in a training film, was chosen by director William Wyler to co-star in The Best Years of Our Lives about three returning servicemen's difficult adjustments to home life.
  • Alexei Maresiev, Soviet WWII ace pilot. Lost his lower legs in the war, replaced them with prostheses, and continued flying and fighting. Became a very decorated serviceman. A well-known Soviet novel, Story of a Real Man, was based on his biography. Maresiev's endeavor was inspired by a similar but lesser-known story of Alexander Prokofiev-Seversky, the Russian WWI one-legged ace pilot (who would leave Russia during the Red October and become more famous in the United States as the founder of Republic Aviation, indirectly responsible for such airplanes as the P-47 and A-10).
  • Nazi Germany's Stuka dive bomber ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel flew with an artificial lower leg and became the highest-scoring ground-attack ace ever.
  • Filmmaker Rob Spence lost his eye in an accident on a firing range. For equal parts novelty and science, he had it replaced with a miniature working camera. Later on, as a tie-in to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, he decided to interview other people with similar "breakthrough" prosthetics.
  • Robert Downey Jr. once visited a young boy born with an underdeveloped arm in order to present him with a red-and-gold Iron Man-themed prosthesis.
  • Right now the state of the art is the DEKA "Luke Arm" while the open-source Robohand leverages 3D printing technology to custom-build a prosthetic at low cost. The latter do not look exactly beautiful, but they are a revolution when it comes to children as few families are able to stem several thousand dollars every few years when their child outgrows their previous prosthetic.
  • Archaeologists have analyzed a 3000-year-old prosthetic big toe that was found, still in place, on the skeleton of an Egyptian priest's daughter. Custom-wrought from hardwood, plant fiber and leather to replace an amputated digit, the prosthetic has multiple parts allowing flexibility, and shows signs of having been adjusted for a better fit at least twice. It would've allowed its wearer a normal gait and to wear the sandals typical of her New Kingdom culture.
  • UK-based company produced a prosthetic arm based on Adam Jensen's bionic arm from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • Young British amputee Tilly Lockey (who was amputated of both hands that were necrotizing due to meningococcal septicaemia when she was an infant) demonstrates prosthetics made by Open Bionics. She received bionic arms the designs of which were inspired by Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Alita: Battle Angel, most notably.
  • Somewhat averted for some amputees, as seen here. Basically, more advanced and complicated prosthetic limbs are often very heavy, more difficult to use, and ultimately don't really improve on simpler prosthetics like "hook" limbs for day-to-day living.


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Alternative Title(s): Artificial Arm, Robot Hand, Artificial Limb



Trapped in the past and in need of a replacement for his right hand, Ash resolves this by creating an Artificial limb out of an armored gauntlet.

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