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Most viewers will wince when they see a wound inflicted on a sympathetic character, since physical injury is something all people can relate to. For similar reasons, a motif that involves a part of the body is a particularly visceral one.

Usually, using a body motif means constantly referring to the body part in question (those who have to stop and retrieve their minds from the gutter may do so now). This can be done through dialogue or by physically highlighting it, such as someone who's constantly wringing their hands or tapping their foot. A tattoo, scar, piercing, birthmark or mole on a certain part of the body is another way of drawing attention to it.

Like most motifs, the symbolism is normally dependent on the associations most people have with that particular part.

  • The eyes, ears, hands, tongue and nose are all connected to the five senses.
  • Hands also stand in for actions that one takes and (together with fingers), well, manual skills.
  • Legs may symbolize movement.
  • A person's back can be related to "backstabbing" or "turning your back on someone."
  • The neck is usually seen as a vulnerable point — partly due to years of vampire tales, but also because that's where many predators aim for when taking down their prey.

Of course, if the body part in question has been separated from the rest of the person it belongs to, it's a given that there's a Poetic Serial Killer around. Giving some thought to which part of the body he uses as a "trophy" is usually a clue to his motives.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • Beastars: Since this is a World of Funny Animals, it is not limited to human body parts.
    • Legosi, who is a wolf has several of these but the most focus is given to his hands and his teeth. His clawed hands are always there to remind him of his nature as a carnivore and he always tries to hide his sharp teeth. A recurring theme in the series is that whenever Legosi goes through an important moment in his character development, his appearance changes in some way, often by gaining new scars. Bill the Tiger gives Legosi scars on his back resembling tiger stripes during their fight as a symbol of how the two of them aren't so different. When Legosi metaphorically loses his virginity by consuming a live insect in order to experience what it is like to kill something, his fur, which had been cut short at the time, instantly grows back to its normal length. When Yafya threatens to kill Legosi if he doesn't apologize for being born a carnivore, Legosi goes a step further and rips out his own teeth as a sign of his rejection of his carnivore nature. And those are just some of the major ones.
    • Another character who gets body motifs is Louis, mainly his antlers, symbolizing his pride, and his right foot, which represents his weakness. In an early chapter he jokes about offering Legosi one of his legs. Shortly after he ends up breaking his right ankle and keeps it a secret so he can keep performing despite being in agonizing pain from the injury. Later it is revealed that he has a tattoo on his right foot from when he was illegally kept as livestock to be sold as food as a child. He later ends up feeding his right foot to Legosi to give him a power boost for his final battle with Tem's murderer, thus getting rid of the tattoo and with it moves on from his past. Whenever he sheds his antlers he tries to avoid being seen without them.
    • The villain Melon, a self-hating leopard-gazelle hybrid has his leopard spots, which he tries to cover up with melon leaf tattoos, but he keeps growing new ones.
  • The bonus OVA for Darker than Black decides to goof around with this trope by making Hei's collarbone, of all things, a plot point.
  • Hands, big time, in Dawn Tsumetai Te.
  • FLCL has those eyebrows...
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Hands and arms, especially outstretched towards the sky. Many State Alchemists have their circles imprinted on gloves or tattooed to their hands. Edward has his automail arm and Scar has his brother's right arm. Almost all alchemists normally perform alchemy by placing their hands on transmutation circles.
    • In addition every alchemist who had performed human transmutation must give up a part of their body symbolic of their motivations.
      • Izumi attempted to resurrect her dead child, and was so given a body that would never allow her to bear a child again.
      • Edward lost his leg, as it was "the leg that supported the family". He later gave up right arm to save Al's soul, as symbolic virtue of Al acting as a 'right hand'.
      • Al lost his body of flesh and was thus unable to feel his mother's warmth.
    • The overwhelming amount of back motifs with Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye. From Riza's Flame Alchemy tattoo, to the way Riza has been appointed by Roy to "watch his back", and if he ever stray from his path to shoot him in the back as well. This motif occurs frequently through their interactions.
    • Teeth. If you see a mouth in which the teeth are drawn with detail, look out. It's first seen with the Truth's too-wide smile, and recurs with Gluttony's Horror Hunger. Then there are the mannequin soldiers (who don't even seem to have lips), which tear people apart with their large flat teeth. And the Gold-Toothed Doctor has a smile similar to Truth's.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: Yoshikage Kira, the Big Bad, has an excessive focus on hands. His whole MO as a Serial Killer is to kill women and keep their hands as "girlfriends" doing so after finding arousal upon seeing the Mona Lisa's hands. His Red Right Hand involves his fingernails growing at an alarming rate whenever he feels the urge to kill, resulting in a lot of focus on his hands as his pent up aggression makes them grow longer and longer. His Stand, Killer Queen, makes bombs out of things by touching them with his hands, and Sheer Heart Attack is deployed from its hands. The damage to Sheer Heart Attack is synchronized directly to Kira's hand, and he later chops it off to set SHA free to attack everyone.
  • Monster:
    • Johan likes to tell people to shoot him in the head (which happens, in fact, twice). This is done as a parallel to the beast from Revelation, as well as being imitated in a puppeteer's play later on in the show.
    • Tenma's hands are steady during surgery, but shake before his attempt to kill Johan.
    • Lunge's hand moves as if he's typing whenever he is learning new information or recalling something he has already learned.
  • In My Hero Academia, the villainous Tomura Shigaraki (pictured above) has hands as these. His Quirk, Decay, rots anything when held with all five fingers. It's revealed early on in the Meta Liberation Army arc that they're actually the preserved remains of his biological family after accidentally killing them with his Quirk. He wears them on his body as a twisted Security Blanket.
  • Naruto:
    • Hands.
      • Most frequently shown in the hand signals which are used to cast jutsu or control techniques.
      • Also demonstrated in the jinchuuriki ability to summon extra hands and limbs for various purposes.
    • Tails are easily recognizable through the various tailed beasts in the story, with ten in all.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion focuses heavily on hands, eyes, (usually symbolic) vaginas, and disturbing combinations thereof.
    • In particular, a wounded/damaged right eye and broken left arm is a recurring combination, to the extent that when Rei first appears in the OP a window pane is covering said eye and arm.
    • Hands get focused on a LOT in the original series, The Movie, and Rebuild, to the point where someone even wrote a whole essay about it.
  • Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee has two; eyes and hands.
    • Eyes: One of Lag's eyes was replaced by a piece of amber when he was a baby; Ninche and her sister both have cat-like eyes; Dr. Thunderstone and one other survivor of the airship crash are missing one eye each; the twin gate keepers are missing both eyes.
    • Hands: several characters have oversized claws instead of normal hands. These characters include Niche, Hunt, Niche's sister, and Zeal.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann uses faces as a motif (more so than drills) — all their mecha are designed as giant heads with limbs, creating a significant shift in the status quo when the Gurren Lagann becomes the first truly humanoid mecha. After the first Time Skip, civilisation has been rebuilt, with faces as a recurring motif in architecture — and finally, the Anti-Spiral mecha deliberately subvert this motif, being designed without a face or anything that might indicate that they were of this world. Their spaceships, however, have too many body parts, being covered in faces and arms, with smaller ships being flying hands and feet with faces on them.

    Fan Works 
  • Dirty Sympathy has a continuing focus on the throat and neck. The story opens with Apollo trying to find medicine to treat his neck injury, given courtesy of Kristoph and his bleeding neck is what attracts Klavier's attention to him in the first place and inspires to latter to help treat his injures, despite being strangers. Klavier is nearly strangled to death with chains wrapped around his throat. When Apollo feels immense guilt he describes it as a pressure gathering in his throat.
  • Infinity Train: Blossomverse
    • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, there seems to be a focus on shoulders. For Chloe Cerise, this means that she is pressured by everyone to follow in her father's footsteps and it's her responsibility to get into Pokémon even though she doesn't want to. She also gets her left shoulder injured when she tries to save Lexi from a hot water kettle, and Lexi comforts her by placing his hand on that shoulder. When she returns from her Train trip to stop a maniac from killing her former classmates, she gets shot in the same shoulder that she took the hot kettle from.
    • Grace Monroe has two of them: the stomach as shown in Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily and mouth in general. The stomach is based on a scene when Tokio bashes her there after her callous murder of a gentle rabbit denizen Utahoshi, reflecting her gluttony on wanting a bigger number no matter the cost, and how she later couldn't stomach the truth about what the Train is about before she's killed by being stabbed in the stomach. The mouth is based on her Character Tics of trilling her lips like a horse whinny when she needs to focus and how all of her problems stemmed from her big mouth boasting that she knew how the Train worked and keeping up the lie for the next decade. And in a karmic twist, when she gets reincaranated as Warler, she's a music note that has no mouth.
    • Goh Fujihachi's own body motif happens to be his face: Chloe shows how angry she is at him by slamming a plate of hot curry into his face, his own lack of social skills and inability to process where he's done wrong mean he has problems facing his own mistakes, and after one round of nightmare therapy, he gains a tic of clawing at his face. In Seeker of Crocus, his new motif is his mouth because it's reflective of his poor communication problems, either saying too much or clamming up when it would be better to be open.
    • In Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus: Chloe Cerise's new motif is the neck as it represents how she wishes to express her problems, but all the bullying, parental neglect and her supposed "friend" unwilling to be there for her, makes it hard to. Living every day under this is like imagining all her bullies pressing their feet against her neck, making her unable to get up or breathe, Dr. Yung's Mirage Mewtwo strangles her with a psychic Neck Lift to shut her up an Unown copy of her father strangles her while currently possessing Professor Ceirse himself and a bunch of (adult male) street-cleaners not only place their feet on their neck but another one strangles her and is ready to slice her throat.
  • Later on in the story of The Night Unfurls, Kyril gains a title known as the Left Hand of the Goddess. Left-handedness used to symbolise unsavouriness, and Kyril himself is not nice.
  • Royal Heights places a lot of emphasis on hands and fingers. Students are granted a link to a Second Conscience through a metal chip in their fingers, most magical incantations involve some form of specific hand movement, and a goddess figure hailed as the Royal has four arms that begin to grow around the school building.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Book of Life, the arms of Chakal the bandit lord are two large extendable mechanical flails, which he can use both as weapons and to Building Swing. This represents not only his brutish nature, but also how he wants to keep everybody within his reach, be they friend or foe, bandit or civilian.
  • In Finding Nemo, when a fish character is injured, the injury will always be on or on the area of the fin — analagous to the hand, anatomically speaking, but in practice bearing a greater resemblance to a damaged leg: Nemo's fin is shriveled due to an accident before his birth, Gil's fin is deeply scratched from an escape attempt, and even Dory's fin gets stung badly from jellyfish tentacles.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Befitting the "Little Jack Horner" Nursery Rhyme the character is based on, the villain Big Jack Horner is associated with thumbs throughout the film: his thumb is what first appears on-screen in his introduction, which he uses to pull out a plum from a pie like in his children's poem, his thumb is constantly purple-stained due to how he taste-proves his factory's batches, his hand making a thumbs up is what first emerges from his bottomless bag when he gets out it as a giant, Puss and Kitty get him to drop the map by hurting his thumbs, and he gives a thumbs down as he succumbs to the crumbling Wishing Star, symbolizing his downfall.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subtle and not-so-subtle references to the groin abound in The Big Lebowski — Whereas the entirely powerless titular Lebowski has his hands and/or a blanket over his groin at all times, the Dude constantly stretches out his legs as often as he can. Miss Lebowski has a whole conversation about how men are uncomfortable with the word vagina and yet bring up variations on the word penis at the drop of a hat. Plus the whole, "We'll cut off your CHONSON!" part. Supposedly, this represents each characters desire for power versus the power they do wield.
  • Bound: Fingers. The mafiosos cut off fingers as Mutilation Interrogation, but the lesbian protagonists make love with their hands. The final shot is their Intertwined Fingers.
  • In Chinatown, Gittes' nose is cut. Because the crooks found he was too nosy.
  • In the films of David Lynch, injury to the head is very common. Especially in the appropriately titled Eraserhead.
  • In Hancock, Red, the villain, has his hand cut off by the badass hero. From that point, Red is always associated with hands (mostly just for laughs).
  • The Interview makes use of a Hand motif (note David Skylark's use of overly grandiose gestures on his show), presumably in reference to the initial plan of assassinating Kim Jong-un via handshake while wearing a poison patch on his palm.
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate. Done so (ahem) ham-handedly that the MST3K crew shouts "SEEN IT!" when the hand design on The Master's robes is not-so-subtly revealed for the umpteenth time. This appears to be in part because Tom Neyman (the Master's actor and the film's set designer) was fixated on hands in his artwork at the time; several of his hand sculptures are dotted through the lodge set.
  • In the Star Wars saga, the severing of the hand or arm occurs frequently. This is such a well known motif that in Attack of the Clones, Anakin's disarming is teased during the factory sequence before actually occurring at the hands of Count Dooku. In Star Wars the severing of the arm or hand of an adversary is the most common way to defeat an opponent without killing them, making Count Dooku's actions particularly significant.

  • Birthright (2017) frequently mentions bones, especially when magic is being used, in reference to the deepest part or 'core' of someone.
  • Edgedancer (a novella of The Stormlight Archive): A random beggar asks passers-by what part of a body they are, and takes their answers completely seriously. He says that he is working on a theory that each person is actually just a part of the organism that is the city. He himself is a Hive Mind of thousands of insects called hordelings, so this isn't just idle curiosity.
  • TS Eliot had a thing for talking about separate body parts, especially eyes, to symbolize what he viewed as the fragmentary nature of modern life. See "The Hollow Men" and "The Wasteland" for some of the more prominent examples.
  • John Singer's hands in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
  • Jacob Have I Loved: Sarah Louise develops a theory that a person's hands, not their eyes, are the window to the soul.
  • Longsummer Nights: In "Seeds of Solace", the manor is described like a body. Columns are likened to bones, splinters to teeth, a gap in the porch to a mouth, warped siding to cracked ribs, and a dripping hole in the roof to a wound. The door is compared to a corpse, and like a corpse, the interior is hot and humid and filled with decay.
  • The Lord of the Rings does a rather subtle theme involving the senses. Most good guys, if they have heightened senses, have heightened sight and/or hearing. The bad guys on the other hand, (particularly the Orcs and Nazgûl) have heightened smell, and are often either impaired in the light or even partially blind. The effect of this is giving a much more animalistic or uncanny feel to the bad guys, while the good guys have cleaner, more human senses emphasized. The major obvious exception is Sauron, whose symbol is the eye.
    • Saruman's symbol is the hand, which ties with his skill at artifice.
  • In the British murder mystery Messiah, the serial killer brutally murders his victims, who have the names of the Jesus' twelve apostles, and takes out their tongues, replacing them with spoons. This isn't just a reference to "speaking in tongues" — his final target is Judas, the "silver tongued devil" — or to put it another way, the liar. The manner in which his eleven victims are killed echo the death of their biblical namesake.
  • In Pegasus (2010), one of the major motifs is the contrast between the dexterous-but-weak wing-hands of the pegasi and the crude but strong hands of the humans.
  • George Macdonald, in The Princess and Curdie, gave Curdie the ability to tell what a living being was truly like by taking its hand, or other limb, in his own. The "hideous animal" Lina's paw feels to Curdie like "a child's hand"; his own mother's "horny, cracked, rheumatic old hand, with its big joints, and its short nails all worn down to the quick with hard work", feels like that of Irene's great-grandmother (implied to be an angel); the king's courtiers have hands that feel like the limbs of pigs or donkeys.
  • The Reynard Cycle : The protagonist loses his left hand during The Baron of Maleperduys. It is later replaced by a semi-functional iron hand, which often moves when Reynard is agitated or angry, seemingly against his will. He calls it his "ghost hand."
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: hands appear with near-monotonous regularity, often as the objects of injury and symbols of a character's power.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Timothy Zahn often uses a hand-as-title motif in his Star Wars novels. In The Thrawn Trilogy, Mara Jade was revealed to have been the Emperor's Hand, a sort of agent. In the Hand of Thrawn duology, characters speculate that the Hand of Thrawn is an agent like Mara or a superweapon; it turns out to be a five-towered fortress with a massive repository of Thrawn's greatest weapon, knowledge. And a very special clone. The Empire Thrawn set up out in the Unknown Regions is called the "Empire of the Hand". Most recently, in Allegiance, the five do-gooder renegade stormtroopers accidentally name themselves the Hand of Judgement. The 501st Legion, Darth Vader's personal Badass Army, is sometimes called "Vader's Fist", though to be fair the 501st is an Ascended Meme/Reverse Defictionalization and not Zahn's creation. At the end of Allegiance, the Emperor's Hand saves the Hand of Judgement from Vader by claiming them as hers, saying, "You have the entire Five-oh-first. You certainly won't begrudge me my Hand of Judgment." Then she hears the five out, concludes that while they are technically deserters they are also good Imperials, and lets them leave, telling them to lose the name. There's only one Hand in the Empire, and she's it.
    • In the Revenge of the Sith novelization, Anakin's mechanical hand aches when Count Dooku is near, crushes things when he's angry, and is mentioned often.
  • C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces mentions faces frequently. Aside from the title, Orual's ugly face is compared with Istra's beauty and with the many faces of the goddess Ungit. For many years, Orual wears a veil.
  • Verge: Stories: The strangeness of body parts in unusual locations and situations is a motif in many of the stories.
    • "The Organ Runner" in particular. Anastasia suffers a field accident where her hand is severed, and she spends six months with it sewn to her ankle to heal before it can be reattached. After her recovery, she is sold to a crew of child smugglers carrying organs for illegal transplants, where she learns to compartmentalize her own body and see each individual part in terms of its value. She also has a toy stuffed monkey, and a cruel boy cuts its hand off and swallows it to mock her.
    • In "How to Lose an I," the protagonist's missing eye (and its replacement) become a metaphor for his damaged sense of self following a car accident and the loss of his partner.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Restless", Xander is The Heart of the group, so the First Slayer rips out his heart.
  • In the show House, the titular character's leg injury serves this purpose.
  • The Highness Dukes of Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger are all patterned after body parts: Shuten has lots of eyes, Ura is basically a walking nose, and Rasets is a mass of mouths. Their adaptational counterparts in Power Rangers Wild Force are given the fitting Meaningful Names of Retinax, Nazor, and Mandilok, respectively.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: The most common body motifs are eyes and the hands. Through the first season, different characters are linked to eye imagery, Miriel's blindness, Halbrand and Galadriel Meaningful Looks to each other and the Mystics from Rhun carrying a staff with Sauron's eye symbol. Hands are also very common between Halbrand Galadriel as they grow closer to each other.
    • There is Halbrand looking over his shoulder at people in a suspicious way.
  • Lost: The consistent attacks on John Locke's legs, which seems to connect to his self-perceived helplessness.

  • This is also true in songs written by John Flansburgh, both in They Might Be Giants ("Contrecoup") and his side-band, Mono Puff ("Unsupervised, I Hit My Head").
  • The Paper Chase, by Word of God are "fascinated with the idea of hands as independent from their owners", with songs like "Goddamn These Hands (I Let Them Touch You)" "Where Have those Hands Been" "Wait Until I Get My Hands on You", as well as heads, eyes, hearts, arms, kidneys... In fact, their lyrics ARE this trope.
  • Mitski seems to have a borderline sexual fascination with hands. They appear prominently in the videos for "Your Best American Girl", "Washing Machine Heart", "Geyser" and "Nobody".
  • Lit: Their album Tastes Like Gold has a female mouth motif. The album cover is a woman's mouth with gold lipstick on and her tongue sticking out in a lick. The lyric videos are closeups of her mouth as she lip-syncs to the songs. According to A.Jay and Jeremy Popoff they chose this motif because of the way women's mouths are associated with beauty and sexuality.

  • Hamilton has numerous references to eyes. Angelica and Eliza sing about Alexander's beautiful eyes. Jefferson, Madison, and Burr point out Hamilton's deceptive eyes as one reason to distrust him. Eyes are also mentioned each time a character engages in a duel. Alexander describes his situation in "Hurricane" as being in the eye of the storm. He also says that while writing to earn passage to the mainland, the people of his hometown had their eyes on him. And in the finale Eliza says she sees Alexander in the eyes of the orphans she helped raise after his passing.
  • In Hamlet, Hamlet's father was killed by having poison poured in his ear. This allows Shakespeare to sprinkle the play with such auditory references as: "So the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death rankly abus'd".
  • Along similar lines, hands are a major motif in Titus Andronicus even before characters start having them chopped off.
  • Richard II is a play that's very concerned with speech and speech acts, which is why it's full of references to tongues. Unlike most of the examples on this page, this motif is never literalized (and isn't generally visualized in productions) — although it is full of scenes that are mostly talking, with very little physical action until the final scenes.
  • Samuel Beckett's classic absurdist play Waiting for Godot substitutes clothing for this purpose, but the association is still there: the high-minded Vladimir is always looking at his hat, and the humbler Estragon complains that his boots are too tight. Lucky also cannot speak unless he has a hat on.
    • Beckett invokes this trope often. Play consists of three heads sticking out of 3 foot urns and literally nothing else. In Not I, the only thing the audience ever see is a disembodied mouth that speaks rapidly for about 15 minutes.

    Video Games 
  • Elden Ring has a huge focus on arms, hands, and fingers. Multiple bosses are shown to have numerous arms or Artificial Limbs, most notably the tutorial Hopeless Boss Fight Grafted Scion and Godrick the Grafted, one of the demigods. The former is a spider-like creature with multiple arms as limbs, while the latter has several arms of different shapes and sizes all over his torso. Godrick even cuts off his left arm partway through his boss fight to attach a dragon's head to it. The point of attachment looks fleshy, covered in tumor-esque spots, and looks very unnatural overall. The Two Fingers, a messenger of the Greater Will, literally looks like a giant hand with two fingers.
  • The Evil Within places a lot of emphasis on the brain, including the upgrade material — a viscous green fluid-represented by a Brain in a Jar icon, and upgrading your character has the icon of a brain with nails in it.
  • Neverending Nightmares takes place in a World of Symbolism dreamscape, and so the particular focus on arms is probably not a coincidence. The main character inflicts Self-Harm on his forearms, some enemies' arms are bound or misshapen, there are severed arms laying around in one particularly gruesome section of the game...
  • Paracentric takes place across three worlds that each outlaw one of its citizen's senses, and each world contains imagery relating to the sense that has been forbidden. Eyes for the first world, ears for the second, and tongues for the third.
  • Psychonauts makes very heavy use of the brain as a motif. This makes sense, considering how most of the cast has Psychic Powers and the game takes place in a summer camp to teach them how to wield these powers. Even the file select menu has Raz running around on a giant brain!
  • We Know the Devil: Each main character has an associated body motif that shows through a Character Tic, an elemental power when fighting the Devil, and a Humanoid Abomination form taken when possessed by the Devil.
  • Of all the Body Horror that appears in Yume Nikki, that involving eyes and hands is the most prominent.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja both Dan McNinja and Gordito possess the Mustache of Authority.
  • Homestuck removes an arm and injures an eye of a harlequin doll within Act 1. Thereafter, the missing-arm-missing-eye pattern reoccurs again and again, usually with evil or morally ambiguous characters.
  • Metacarpolis: The comic is filled with hand references, like the names of Metacarpolis, the Digits, and the Handeymen. Possibly due to how the 'Master' who built the city seems to be an expy of the Master from Manos: The Hands of Fate.
  • Miss Guillotine has a motif of eyes, as a representation of the "public eye" and the way that the magical girls in the series are always in it. There is a recurring Art Shift where when one character does something that will make others judge them negatively, the others are drawn with huge eyes and no other facial features.
  • Nebula: Panels focused on one of a character's hands reoccur, and usually indicate either that an important decision has been made or realization has been had. In addition, the Big Bad's six-fingered hands are used to signify her, and are shown as a symbol of her control over Ceres and Pluto.

    Web Original 
  • In Welcome Home (Clown Illustrations), eyes are featured frequently, especially in connection with Wally. His house has moving eyes in its windows, and a hidden picture on the site shows a very faint image of Wally with only his eyes glowing prominently. Eyes can also be seen scattered through the floral background of the site and hidden elsewhere in the site's artwork.

    Western Animation 
  • Finn from Adventure Time has his right arm repeatedly focused on and brought to the audience's attention, with many alternate selves, imagined futures, or past incarnations missing that arm or having a prosthetic one. This is all foreshadowing for when he eventually loses his right arm in the Season 6 premiere, grows it back a few episodes later, and loses it permanently in the Season 7 finale.
  • Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Most or all of the character's self-worth and daddy issues are all tied up in his hugely noticeable facial scar.
    • Aang ends up getting his own scar in the Season 2 finale, when Azula blasts him from behind with lightning. Throughout the third season, we get constant shots of Aang's horrible burn in the centre of his back.
  • This seems to be the entire idea behind the Crimson Chin Comic/Webshow Within A Show in the Fairly Odd Parents. Aside from the eponymous hero and his Jay Leno-parody chin, nearly his entire rogues gallery is based on various body parts. This includes the Bronze Kneecap, Iron Lung, Copper Cranium, Titanium Toenail, Gilded Arches, Golden Gut, Brass Knuckles, Hair-Razor, and his own evil counterpart, the Nega-Chin.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy has a butt motif. It's one of the most focused-on parts of their anatomy, especially in episodes like Son of Stimpy, where it is given a lot of close-ups, or the video for Cat Hairballs where the video climaxes with it getting painfully stamped. Befitting Stimpy's status as the more feminine of the duo, in a lot of these instances it's made to look rather full and womanly.
  • Steven Universe:
    • A Gems' personal gemstone's locations on their bodies often corresponds to some aspect of their personality.
    • The protagonist Crystal Gems also have a subtle secondary facial theme: Garnet hides three eyes behind her vizor, Pearl's most easily-noticed feature is her nose, and Amethyst bears the poutiest lips in the series.