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This character can stretch certain parts of their body outward great distances, though how far the parts can stretch varies from character to character. The body part in question is usually their arms, though stretchy legs and the like aren't unheard of. These limbs are incredibly useful for combat or even simple practicality, as it's like having a fully controllable whip with a claw or blunt object at the end. They could be "natural" limbs or artificial ones.

Related to but distinct from Rubber Man; while a rubber man is able to mold and shape their whole body without much care for physics, someone with extendable limbs is limited by the limbs they're able to stretch, and still abide by the physiology of their species. For example, a man made of rubber might flatten and enlarge his hands to flip someone like a pancake, while someone with extending arms can only stretch them to grab at or punch something.

Compare Prehensile Hair and Creepily Long Arms. If you are looking for the Toon Physics joke, see Elongating Arm Gag.



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     Anime and Manga 
  • In the Dragon Ball universe, Piccolo has the ability to stretch his arms out when he wants to grab someone at a distance. This may be an ability shared by the Namekian race, but Piccolo is the only one ever seen doing it.
  • Naruto: The Animal Battle Aura manifested by jinchūriki in their Version 1 and Version 2 states can stretch and elongate their arms to act as tentacles.
  • Pokémon Adventures: Bruno owns a special Hitmonlee that can stretch both its legs and arms to attack; normal Hitmonlee are only capable of the former.
  • Invoked and subverted in Rurouni Kenshin by Hannya, the Oniwabanshu: his so called "Arm Jutsu" allows him to seemingly extend his arm the very istant he punches Ken, but the latter soon finds out that its merely an optical trick aided by Hannya's striped sleeves, which make the arms appear shorter and stouter when seen from the front.
  • When Taikoubou gets a Paopei artificial arm in Soul Hunter, one of its many functions (alongside a water pistol and a rocket punch) is this, which allows him to reach the top of a tall, pillar-like tower using the extended arm to lift himself to the top.

    Asian Animation 
  • In episode 47 of Happy Heroes, a robot woman extends her arm to grab her kid's toy spaceship.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Growing Affection, Shino's damaged leg is replaced with an insect colony. They mimic a human leg almost perfectly, but he teaches them to perform an extending kick.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Mod Bunnie Rabbot in Sonic the Hedgehog, Bunnie can extend her roboticized arm to attack enemies.

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Chinese kung-fu movie Master of the Flying Guillotine, one of the tournament's contenders is an Indian man with the power to extend his arms to an absurd length.
  • One of the prominent villains from the wuxia fantasy movie Demon Of The Lute has an extendable right arm, which makes him slightly harder to defeat than the other baddies until his arm gets ripped off. No blood, though, befitting the movie's slapstick nature.
  • The Hero Jack Deebs from Ralph Bakshi's Cool World discovers that he has suddenly developed cartoon powers, and extends his arms all the way to the top of a Las Vegas hotel. Jack is able to lift himself this way onto the hotel's roof in less than one minute.
  • Played for horror in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). When Freddy first confronts Tina in the nightmare that ultimately leads to her death, as he walks toward her he stretches his arms out to the width of the alley they're in.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The story told in one episode of My Special Book is about a girl named Miyo, who loves to give people hugs. One night, she has a dream that her arms stretch wide enough that she hugs the entire world.

    Video Games 
  • ARMS is an unconventional fighting game in which most of the playable characters have the "Gift of ARMS", that changed their arms into coilable strips of material that can stretch long distances, which they use to fight each other. The exceptions are Mechanica, a normal girl who pilots a Mini-Mecha with extendable arms, and Twintelle, whose "gift" instead affected her hair.
  • Devil May Cry: In the fourth game, Nero can extend a spectral hand out of his Devil Bringer arm to grab distant enemies and either bring them closer to him or bring himself closer to them (depending on their size). It's changed to a Grappling-Hook Pistol in the fifth game as he lost his Devil Bringer at the start. In the end, when he regains access to his demonic powers he also gains 2 spectral wing-arms that can extend to grab distant enemies the same way as his old arm.
  • Heroes of the Storm: Both of Stukov's heroics involving stretching his arm to ridiculous degrees, with the first having him swipe in an area almost the size of the screen and the other letting him push an enemy away an unlimited distance until they hit a wall. In both cases, his arm pops off then instantly regrows to its slight-bigger-than-average size when the ability ends.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Sentinel's Rocket Punch move has it extend its forearm forward, aided by rocket boosters, to punch its opponent.
  • The remake of The Ninja Warriors Again introduces a new playable robot ninja, Yaksha, who's special ability involves stretching her arms long distances. Interestingly, it appears that she keeps said arms stored in her Boobs of Steel when not extended, as evidenced by her chest shrinking whenever she extends her arms.
  • Pokémon:
    • According to its' Pokédex entry, Breloom's normally short arms stretch to preform blazing fast punches. Due to sprite limitations, this isn't shown in the games.
    • Hitmonlee's legs can stretch to enhance the power and range of its kicks.
  • Rhythm Heaven: At the end of the Megamix game "Tangotronic 3000," when the titular dancing robot spins his partner away, he extends his arm with a long spring and pulls her back in for a finishing pose.
  • Sonic Unleashed: To make up for his lack of speed, Sonic's Werehog form has the ability to stretch his arms out at great lengths to cover distances and grab foes he'd normally be able to run right through.
  • Super Mario RPG: Mallow's basic, unequipped attack has him stretch his arm out to punch opponents.
  • Witchkin: The clown Witchkin has Creepy Long Arms that can stretch out over great distances.
  • No matter the adaptation, Bravoman he can stretch his limbs great distances with the help of his suit. In the comic and the web show, this often leads to him using his extendable limbs as a Mundane Utility.

    Western Animation 
  • The Mr. Men Show: Mr. Tickle's arms in the original books were always long. In this adaption, they're of normal length, but he can extend them to tickle people from far away.


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Alternative Title(s): Extendable Legs, Extendable Limbs


1,000-Fold Arms

Mario can use Magic Circles to extend his arms and fold walls.

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