Comic books have long been the home of heroes, villains, and characters in between with amazing powers and physiology. Most comic book characters have rippling muscles and over-the-top physiques, but it's the four-armed folk that really steal the show.
Characters with multiple arms show up across the spectrum of comic books. They're heroes, they're villains, and some of them don't even want to use their extra limbs to fight. At least one of these multi-armed characters is a bigger fan of crafting than he is the fight for superhuman supremacy.
Many of these quad-, octa-, and centum-armed characters appear routinely on the pages of DC, Marvel, and Image, but a few of them have more arms than they do appearances. The one thing that they all have in common is that they have way more arms than anyone needs.
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Out of all the multi-armed characters collected here, Spiral's origin is absolutely the most depressing. She began her life as Rita Wayword, a two-armed professional stuntwoman who fell in love with Longshot, the time-traveling, somewhat magical guy from the Mojoverse who has incredibly good luck.
After being outmaneuvered by a six-armed version of herself from the future, Wayword was taken to the Mojoverse and held captive there for years. In that time, she was given multiple physical and mental modifications, including the addition of four extra arms, some of which are robotic while others are organic, and she was driven insane after she was given the ability to see into other dimensions.
As if all of that wasn't bad enough, Mojo sent Spiral, the altered version of Rita, back to the past so she could start the cycle all over again. After failing to send herself back to the Mojoverse, Spiral is stuck on Earth and finds a group of companions in the Brotherhood of Mutants.157Too many arms?
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Brought to life in DC Comics by Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke, Lady Frankenstein is much like her film counterpart in The Bride of Frankenstein - she can't stand that she was brought to life to be a partner for a monster, and she'd rather not have anything to do with him.
Super strong and durable, Lady Frankenstein is one of those characters who doesn't show up often, but when she does, she brings the pain to bad guys across the DC Universe. Working as a member of SHADE (The Super-Human Advanced Defense Executive), she has to put up with her male counterpart while investigating the weird comings and goings of planet Earth - and she does it with four arms.
It's not clear why Lady Frankenstein has four arms aside from the fact that she's assembled from multiple people, but she wields each of them like she never knew anything else.80Too many arms?
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Not just your average bug man, Miek is a member of the Sakaar, an insectoid alien race. After undergoing a metamorphosis twice, Miek has grown to the size of a respectable basketball player, but with added telepathy and the ability to fly in addition to his four arms.
Most of his appearances occur during various engagements with the Hulk, both on his home planet and on Earth, a place that he absolutely despises. Last seen in the Savage Land, Miek lost one of his four arms in a confrontation with the Hulk and may have lost his life after falling into a field of ice.
You know how hard it is to finish off a bug, so it's entirely possible that we haven't seen the last of this super weird insect baddie.127Too many arms?
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As one of the few non-main characters to survive Crisis on Infinite Earths, Salakk is kind of a rarity among minor DC characters. There may be better-known members of the Green Lantern Corps, but Salakk is the most feared - and he's one of the good guys.
Salakk is a hyper-intelligent, analytical creature who takes his job of protecting the galaxy seriously. His larger-than-normal brain allows him to make use of his four arms, and since he's already dangerous enough with one arm thanks to his Green Lantern ring, the other three just make him that much more of a threat.118Too many arms?