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15 Comic Book Characters Who Lost Limbs

18 May 2020 119.4k views15 items

While comic books haven’t always been known to include a diverse cast of characters, there seems to be an outsized amount of amputee superheroes. However, it’s doubtful that the trend of comic book characters with missing limbs has much to do with inclusivity - instead, it’s almost certainly a result of how dramatically dismemberment comes across on the page.

Whenever a writer wants to reach for an extremely bleak and hopeless moment for their superhero of choice, they can always choose something that costs that character a literal arm and a leg. The very nature of comic books means that, unlike in the real world, any such injury can always be reversed whenever necessary - and, in the meantime, high-tech robotic prosthetics are readily available to anyone who wants one. 

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