Certain characters in certain media have no limbs. That is to say, they have a head, a body, hands and feet, but lack the parts attaching those various bits of their body. A good visual example would be the video game character Rayman.

"Disembodied" and "Limbless" are both good words for such a character, but the former is a bit too extreme, and the latter might be mistaken as a lack of arm AND hand, or a lack of leg AND foot.

Is there a word to describe this kind of character and their relation to their body/body parts?

  • Something relating to potato figures, perhaps? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 3 '13 at 1:48
  • Maybe. It is somewhat Mr. Potato Head Esque, though I'm specifically curious about figures whose appendages are all in the right place, just without the...appending parts. – Zibbobz Dec 3 '13 at 1:59
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    Not a single word, but I'd describe him as having free-floating appendages. Now all you have to do is find someone who knows German who can put that together into a single "word" and then borrow it into English. – Jim Dec 3 '13 at 4:36

You might refer to Rayman as ethereally-limbed or invisibly-limbed; or perhaps call him disjointed, a word that means “(figuratively) Not connected, coherent, or continuous”. (It appears that Rayman is missing all his arm and leg joints, as well as his neck.)

  • Seems like the best answer I'll get. Thank you. I also like "ethereally-limbed". – Zibbobz Dec 4 '13 at 15:13

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