Gaming's most absurdly oversized limbs

Abnormally sized limbs that are sort of funny to look at: a premise that only minutes of arduous brainstorming could have birthed. Can I actually fashion a coherent article with a subject weaker than the plot of a Family Matters episode? Carl Winslow would believe in me, and it isn’t as if it hasn’t worked for us in the past. Enjoy, and be sure to come back next week for “100 slices of bacon that look like Mario.” Just kidding, that idea is ridiculous. Bacon looks like Sonic, not Mario. On with the daftness!

When considering commonalities amongst people of African descent, do you think to yourself, “Hmm, dark skin and… giant arms. Huge, giant, bulging, unnaturally massive arms”? Probably not, but apparently game designers do. I'm not the only one who has noticed this… right? Granted, it’s totally possible to have muscles as large as these in reality, it’s just really grotesque.

Above: “Can't stop the Train, baby! No really, I actually stuffed a commuter train under my arm skin. It’s infected. I’m dying.”

Above: 50 Cent as he appears in Blood on the Sand, and the real 50 Cent, whose arms aren’t filled with silly putty

Above: Balrog’s arms are a bit less absurd than the others, but still, you could build a gym for slightly smaller bodybuilders on his shoulders, and he wouldn’t even notice

I'm not implying that every oversized game bicep belongs to a black character - it just seems like a thing. Men and women of all races and nationalities have been cursed with muscles that grow like malignant tumors. If you're looking for the absolute most absurd arms, however, they're generally attached to things that aren't even alive.

Above: Now these are arms – that bloody, necrotic bulge on his right limb is bigger than both of Cole's puny noodles combined

Early 3D arms generally look like overstuffed sausage links. They also have a tendency to arc out from the torso like Slinkys, making it appear as if every character is trying to scare a mountain lion away by "looking bigger" than it.

Above: Mega Man doing his best impression of the letter ‘M’

Above: “Just look at me – there’s a giant black slug on my eyeball and my arms are made of children’s pool floaties – what the hell guys?”

Above: “Okay, okay, so our arms are made of straightened coat hangers and rolled up socks. That’s really weird, but we’ve just gotta get past it and come up with a plan.”


  • gamerdude77 - March 20, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    I worship the sexyness of Chun Li's thighs!
  • it_burns - March 1, 2009 2:47 p.m.

    There hasn't been a single article in the past month or two that hasn't mentioned Chun-li and her magnificent thighs. I might go into withdrawal once the buzz dies down, though.
  • darkside17 - March 1, 2009 6:07 a.m.

    The guys with triangle shaped chest freak me right the f*** out
  • Gsindahouse - February 27, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    before I finished scrolling down, I'd already known Sora was on the BIG FEET side hahaha
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - February 27, 2009 7:19 a.m.

    I'm surprised how many opinions there are about something as seemingly banal as oversized limbs! I did think of many of your suggestions, but chose entries I felt I could make fun of the easiest. ;)
  • iHeartNintendo - February 27, 2009 4:20 a.m.

    that is so tru and i think that 50 cent payed that one guy that made the game to make him look buffer O_O that is crazy
  • Orionthefirst - February 27, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    My first comment ever! Let this live on in our (and by our, I mean my) memory forever! Anyway, shouldn't Sonic be on here? His body is like an upside-down peanut!
  • RedOutlive10 - February 27, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    Why include L4D tank? He is meant to be a necro hulk, nothing oversized about it.
  • thebigtarget1 - February 27, 2009 1:07 a.m.

    Fable 1s main character has huge feet!!! why isnt he on here!?
  • bron1417 - February 26, 2009 7:52 p.m.

    funny article as always tyler.
  • killemall - February 26, 2009 7:08 p.m.

    why oh why did you mention Daikatana? just why?
  • kenshinxx - February 26, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    Hm, fair enough. I see your point. I still think Ken and Ryu's arms a bit too large. Sure Zangief is huge...but the dude wrestles BEARS. Ken and Ryu's fighting style doesn't lend itself to overly muscled physiques in my opinion. They look more disproportional than most of the others. But yeah I see what you're saying in regards to portrayals of black characters. You guys always have the most entertaining articles. Keep up the great work!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - February 26, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    @kenshinxx: True, many of the characters in Gears of War are white, and they too have freakish arms, but not as freakish. They almost make a point of showing off Cole's arms. I'd disagree that Ken and Ryu's arms are more exaggerated than Balrog's. I would say that Zangief's probably are. As I say in the article, giant arms aren't exclusive to black characters. But we've got kind of a running joke about the portrayal of black people in games. They are so often oversized, freakishly-built hulks who say nothing more than clever one-liners. I think it's noticeable enough to warrant pointing out.
  • kenshinxx - February 26, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    I don't get the rationale behind specifying BLACK guys with huge arms. The over-sized arm trend isn't even remotely exclusive to black characters. Ken and Ryu's arms look more out of place than Balrog's. And how about every damn character from the Gears of War universe? They're almost all white.
  • mdog750809 - February 26, 2009 3:35 p.m.

    Stretchy limbs......Where is Dhalsim!??
  • LionheartAce - February 26, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    I looked at the Chun-Li art then... I JIZZED IN MY PANTS!
  • Ravenbom - February 26, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    No Freakishly Undersized Torso category? I was waiting for it after Giant Triangle Chests. Dhalism comes to mind, especially considering Charlie already filled this week's quota for Sonic punchlines. And sometimes, a small torso is all it takes to make arms seem freakishly huge.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - February 26, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    No mention of Vincent's feet from FF7? I'm not even sure its possible to walk right with feet like that.
  • jdog2491 - February 26, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Chun-li has got freakin thunder thighs as C.viper said "Men don't like such large thighs"LOL
  • Tasty_Pasta - February 25, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    @Tyler: Ha, yeah, you definitely looked pissed in that old pic.

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