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Characters and monsters (or both) have a little extra creepy added to them when they have longer than average fingers. They don't even have to be a foot long, the Uncanny Valley can make even just slightly longer fingers off putting. This is one reason Femme Fatalons which lengthen the apparent size of fingers can invoke this effect, as can actual claws.

These characters are likely to use their big hands in expressive ways, whether subtle or overt, and comparisons to skeletons and spiders are common. They'll usually gesticulate with surgeon like precision or herky-jerky motions. Outright inhuman creepy long fingers may have extra knuckles or Freddy Krueger style finger attachments that can double as weapons.

The one big drawback to using this trope in live action media is that human actors are unlikely to be able to handle extra knuckles or delicate motions, which is why animatronics and CGI fare better. Actors with these finger extensions are usually limited in their range of hand motions, being unable to make a fist, wield guns or more generally grasp thin objects.


When villains, these characters enjoy making Sinister Scraping Sounds and Finger Licking Evil.

Often overlaps with the similar Creepily Long Arms. Goes well with the stretched-out physiques of Noodle People. Long fingernails are usually included as well.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Commonly seen in 3×3 Eyes in the design of demons and other monsters, more often than not paired with Creepily Long Arms. Sometimes, perfectly normal looking charactes will suddenly sport longer fingers with claw-like nails when turning more demonic, as seen with Mme Huang's Yao Gui form, Yoko Ayanokoji/Hua She and with Shiva upon turning into Gui Yan Wang and losing control in Pai's memory of the event.

    Comic Books 
  • Gotham Academy: Calamity combines this with wild long hair and long fingernails for a relatively uniform look across the many unfortunates she's possessed over the centuries.
  • Emily Carroll, creator of multiple horror comics including His Face All Red and the anthology Through the Woods, has a particular fondness for this trope. Some specific example include:
    • At one point in His Face All Red, the brothers hunting the monster in the woods pass by a tree whose leaves look like the hands of women with long fingers.
    • In "Out of Skin" a woman living alone in the woods discovers a pit with at least half a dozen bodies in it. The next day, where the pit was a strange new tree is growing, with leaves like hands with disturbingly long fingers. This might be the same tree that the brothers noticed in "His Face All Red".
    • In "A Lady's Hands Are Cold" a young woman in an arranged marriage with a wealthy man discovers that her husband murdered his first wife and scattered pieces of her body all around the manor. When the second wife reassembles the body of the first, the hands of the undead first wife are very large, with unnaturally long fingers. The first wife soon after uses her hands to attempt to murder the second wife, and to actually murder her husband when he returns home from a hunt.
    • In "The Nesting Place", the parasite wearing Rebecca's skin can rearrange the human form to suit herself, including elongating her fingers.
    • Even the cover of Through the Woods includes artwork where the branches of tree are made to resembles hand with long grasping fingers.

    Fan Works 
  • A major antagonist of The Heart Trilogy, the rather skinny demon Fankil, has long fingers that remind various characters of the legs of an insect/spider. They serve to foreshadow him to be the new physician assigned to Kathryn in Vathvael.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Nina from Black Swan, whose fingers start becoming unnaturally long when she's experiencing her hallucination. This was done by extending Natalie Portman's fingers via CGI.
  • In the 1910 film version of Frankenstein the Monster has long fingers as part of his general unusual appearance.
  • The titular entity in The Babadook, to the point where it's one of the thing's most distinguishing features. The film's page image says it all.
  • Orlok from Nosferatu has long grasping fingers that look particularly horrifying when seen in elongated shadows. Pictured above.
    • Nosferatu the Vampyre is based heavily on Nosferatu even though the main character is called Dracula. He looks like Nosferatu, down to the long fingers.
    • And anyone else who Looks Like Orlok.
  • Radu in Subspecies not only has long fingers, he can snap them off to create minions.
  • In the 1979 film version of Dracula, the eponymous vampire has some very claw like movement with his hands, which makes them appear very long. Frank Langella's hands did not have prosthetics, though.
  • We can't forget Conrad Veidt, can we now?
  • Most designs for the aliens from the Alien series give the extraterrestrial monsters long, clawed fingers. Some go so far as to make them more than a foot long.
  • The Bennnings-Thing in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is also "creepy misformed fingers", but they're clearly playing off the horror this trope provides when his hands are revealed. The poster of the 2011 prequel also utilizes it.
  • Kaiser Belial from Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial. He also uses his fingers to brainwash his opponents.
  • After removing her disguise, the Grand High Witch has fingers almost a foot long.
  • In another vampire example, Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows.
  • Pan's Labyrinth has both The Faun and The Pale Man, courtesy not of CGI, but rather the actor who portrayed them, Doug Jones. (see the real life examples for more on him)
  • The alien in E.T. has long fingers compared with the rest of him. Like most examples, ET is creepy-looking and ugly. Unlike most examples, he's benevolent, lovable, etc. Elliott sees through his creepy exterior to the lovable character inside.
  • The werewolves from The Howling have long bony fingers.
  • Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night had extra knuckles, giving him these.

  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
  • Bored of the Rings, a parody of The Lord of the Rings. Boggies (hobbits) "have long, clever fingers of the sort one normally associates with hands that spend a good deal of time around the necks of small, furry animals and in other people's pockets..."
  • Harry Potter:
    • Lord Voldemort reborn is said to have long, thin fingers. His hands are compared to "giant pale spiders" several times in the series.
    • Interestingly, the subservient and almost completely harmless House Elves are often described as having long fingers as well.
  • Galaxy of Fear:
    • The two Shi'ido are described as having abnormally long fingers while in their humanoid default forms. The Big Bad certainly has creepy aspects, and even Hoole starts off a little ambiguous.
    • Yuuzhan Vong shapers are sometimes presented this way, especially Nen Yim, who shows up more than once on book covers with her abnormally-long hands. For extra Mad Scientist cred, shapers' hands are implants (they chop off the originals in a religious ceremony) that are equipped with various tools such as blades, pincers, and exotic sensory apparatuses to help in their work.
  • In Dragaera, the goddess Verra has extra joints in her fingers, though this isn't what makes her creepy.
  • The Stephen King short story "The Moving Finger" involves a finger with many more knuckles than is usual, which appears in the protagonist's life with little explanation or justification and causes him to doubt his safe, rational view of the world.
  • Tedrin, the needle-symbiote-infected villain in Eden Green, enjoys lengthening his fingers into sharp points to creep out Eden.
  • Warrior Cats: The villain Tigerclaw has unusually long claws to add to his menacing appearance. It's one of the first things the main character notices about him.
  • The patchwork man of The Fold has sewn together long fingers with seven joints.
  • Into the Drowning Deep: The mermaids that attack the crew of the Melusine have two extra joints on their fingers, plus claws. They look spindly but are strong enough to gouge metal.
  • Mrs. Smith's Spy School For Girls: Double Cross: Abby describes The Ghost's fingers as very long and thin.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Eugene Victor Tooms from The X-Files episodes "Squeeze" and "Tooms" can elongate his body, including fingers, which he demonstrates when squeezing himself through a chimney into someone's house to murder them. Bonus points for the creepily long fingerprints.
  • The demon from the Charmed episode "Kill Billie, Vol. 1" had these, along with Femme Fatalons.
  • Lorien, the First One from season 4 of Babylon 5. A semi-subversion: he's a good guy. Still a bit creepy, though...
    No one here is exactly what he seems. (G'Kar)

  • The music video for tool's "Prison Sex" features a nightmarish black Lean and Mean humanoid... Thing... With really long thin fingers.
  • ASP has them when impersonating his concept albums Big Bad, the Black Butterfly, for example on the covers of "Aus der Tiefe" and "Weltunter".
  • The music video for RadicalFace's "Holy Branches" features mysterious, black cloaked, white-masked entities with long, stiff fingers.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Quickstrike from Beast Wars, as each of his fingers turned into entire scorpion legs when he was in beast mode.
  • Onua, a rare good guy example, from BIONICLE. Overlaps with Wolverine Claws.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Salad Fingers makes very creepy use of his long, green, bony fingers.

    Web Original 
  • The Slender Man, when given arms and hands, is sometimes shown with these. Though that brings up the question of if they're fingers at all, or just its Combat Tentacles taking the appearance of fingers...
  • Goblins: Mr. Fingers is a living incarnation of this trope. That's all he is, fingers, and you don't want him anywhere near you.

    Western Animation 
  • Aurra Sing in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Along with chalk white skin, a bald head with a single tail of hair, and an antenna protruding from that same bald head. This is a natural trait for Palliduvans (aside from being half-human, her species is unknown in Legends).
  • Several Decepticons in Transformers: Prime, especially Starscream and Soundwave. Starscream in particular has shown his are long and sharp enough to function as makeshift blades, which are very useful for stabbing through other Cybertronians.
  • Obsidian from Beast Machines has what look like bundles of wires for fingers. His toy meanwhile doesn't even have hands.
  • The Lizard King from 3-2-1 Penguins! reveals his long, bony fingers to Michelle to show her that he has a good chance of winning the game of Squid-Tac-Toad.
  • Chip and Skip from Camp Lazlo claims that Leaky Lake contains the bodies of dead outlaws, whose fingernails are still growing. Apparently, they can get so long that they will reach out and grab your boat.

    Real Life 
  • The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), a species of lemur. And as if just having long fingers isn't creepy enough, the third finger additionally is incredibly thin! Even the way they use it is creepy — they insert their finger into a hole in a tree and then lick off the bugs that crawl onto it.
    • This has given the aye-aye a reputation as being bad luck. It is said that if an aye-aye were to point its middle finger at you, a horrible death will follow (granted there is an element of truth to this; the aye-aye's middle finger certainly ends up causing its prey a horrible death). Sadly, this has also led to its species being endangered, as people have been known to kill aye-ayes due to this superstition.
  • Bats. Their wings are actually made up of extremely elongated fingers, which nowadays are all but unrecognizable from what they once were. On a less extreme level, the now extinct pterosaurs had wings supported by elongated pinkie fingers.
  • Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue characterized by exceptional tallness and long limbs, including very long thin fingers.
  • Likewise, eunuchs castrated before puberty were documented to develop long fingers, along with Creepily Long Arms (and legs) and a Creepy High-Pitched Voice, as they grew up. Eunuchs have often been characterised as sinister throughout history, though that has at least as much to do with their powerful positions behind the scenes in various monarchies as it does with their physical features.
  • Actor Doug Jones has built a career on combining his extreme flexibility, long limbs and fingers, and mastery of both Body Language and intense character acting to become a Man of a Thousand Faces, and a darling of special effects artists. His hand gestures in particular border on the surreal: a single graceful ripple or jerky Marionette Motion of his fingers can replace pages worth of characterization and hours worth of makup.
  • Older Than Dirt: There was a family of tiny, birdlike dinosaurs called Scansoriopterygids that had very long fingers. The purpose of these fingers was the subject of debate for a long time; most thought they were used the same way aye-ayes use their fingers, others believed they were used for climbing. Yi qi, a scansorioptrygid discovered in 2015, suggests that they were used for something else entirely...


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