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Take a cartoon, preferably an older one, and find a pair who always end up in fights. Tom and Jerry, Dick Dastardly and Muttley from Wacky Races or virtually anyone from Looney Tunes. Somehow, one character always has a fist which can stretch across an entire country. Or a universe. This is a type of Toon Physics, and is often used with revenge. The inverse is when a character has extendable legs.

Not to be confused with Rubber Man. Usually doesn't overlap with Creepily Long Arms, which are a permanent biological feature.

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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:
    • Orochimaru can use Soft Physique Modification in order to stretch and elongate any part of his body, most often his neck but occasionally his arms. His son Mitsuki can also use this technique.
    • 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.

    Asian Animation 
  • In episode 47 of Happy Heroes, a robot woman extends her arm to grab her kid's toy spaceship.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 1, Wolffy's arm extends to a cartoonish length when he finds General Wolf's briefcase and runs off to find him so that he can return the briefcase to him.
  • In Motu Patlu, characters' arms will occasionally stretch to cartoonish lengths to grab stuff. For example, in "Super Duper Man", Dr. Jhatka's arm stretches when he grabs the patient whose teeth he was taking care of.

     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.
  • Jack, from the Calvinverse, has these.
  • Zany To The Max: Inverted with Takko Zarner, who has extendable legs. His legs are usually longer than Yakko's.


     Films — Animated  

     Films — Live-Action  

  • In an exceedingly rare live-action example, in the Chinese kung-fu movie Master of the Flying Guillotine, an Indian fighter enters a tournament with the power to extend his arms to an absurd length.
  • Michael Jordan uses this to make a slam dunk in Space Jam.
  • Freddy briefly extends both his arms to scare Tina in the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) film.
  • The Silence of the Hams: There's a gag where a midget guard at the prison for mentally insane criminals directs Agent Fostar to a file on Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza lying on top of a very tall cabinet. Fostar (who's about 6 feet tall) can't reach it, then the guard groans and extends his arm so he can easily grab it for him.
  • 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.

    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  

  • The very basis of ARMS, in which most characters attack using their extendable arms. The exceptions are a girl whose Mini-Mecha has extendable arms and a movie star whose Prehensile Hair acts as these.
  • Used as Bravoman's primary power along with extending legs.
  • The remake of The Ninja Warriors Again introduces a new playable robot ninja in Yaksha who has this as her special ability. 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:
    • Breloom can do this according to its Pokédex entry. The console game animations show it quite well.
    • Hitmonlee is the inverse, with legs that stretch to enhance the power and range of its kicks. Bruno of Pokémon Adventures has a unique Hitmonlee that is capable of both.
  • The main character of Ristar is able to do this as one of his main powers.
  • Cyborg Beast Man Graf Shabeel from fighting game Schwarzerblitz has this as his main attack gimmick.
  • In the fan-made Sonic the Hedgehog Game Mod Bunnie Rabbot in Sonic the Hedgehog this is Bunnie's main ability with her roboticized left arm. In the show she was from however she had extendable legs.
  • In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic has arms that extend in his werehog form.
  • This is one of Dhalsim's special abilities in the Street Fighter series—he can punch you from the other side of the screen.
  • Video Game/Witchkin: The clown Witchkin has Creepy Long Arms that can stretch out over great distances.

     Web Animation  

  • One of the Powered by the Cheat cartoons on Homestar Runner has Strong Bad and the Cheat stretching their arms far above the earth to high five in outer space.

     Western Animation  

  • Tom and Jerry demonstrates this several times, often when Tom tries to reach for Jerry inside one of the walls. This is frequently used in conjunction with strategically-placed mousetraps.
    • As seen in the picture above, the shorts Busy Buddies and Tot Watchers feature a gag where the babysitter stretches her arm across the room to clutch the phone and is then pulled towards it via Newton's second law.
  • Used by Dick Dastardly whenever Muttley starts laughing at him, outside the range of a typical human being.
  • Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has these, but she uses them to pull her friends in for a group hug.
  • Though it doesn't involve combat, an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries had Daphne restrain a fleeing Shaggy by extending her arms from offscreen.
  • Mr. Tickle from The Mr. Men Show does this to tickle people.
    • In the original books, his arms were long all the time. In the show, they're usually normal sized.
    • Other characters do this, but they do so to grab items from far away (but not as far away as Mr. Tickle can reach).
  • Lucky in the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Chow About That?" extends his arm off-screen to grab Cadpig. This does not occur in any other episodes.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 4, Mr. Cat manages to reach all the way across a very long table and tap Quack Quack, who is sitting on the other side, on the shoulder.
  • Inspector Gadget: The titular cyborg can extend his arms, legs, neck, or any other gadget usually with the Mad Libs Catch Phrase "Go Go Gadget X."
  • The Crumpets: In "Taxidermama", Ms. McBrisk extends her arm to grab a hose offscreen before she damages a lawnmower with water on purpose.


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