Inspired by my recent viewing of Thor: The Dark World, my latest Top 5 List is simply: Movie Characters Who Lose a Hand.
The criteria for this category is pretty obvious. The character simply has to lose a hand in the confines of the film. Let's get started!
5. Ash Williams (Evil Dead II):
Now I'm on record as not having a lot of love for Evil Dead II, but the scene where Ash (Bruce Campbell) is forced to battle with, and eventually amputate his own hand is really funny. And the fact that the disembodied hand keeps on fighting secured its spot on this list.
4. ??? (Thor: The Dark World):
*SPOILER ALERT* This is the pick that caught me completely off guard and inspired this list. Choosing to trust Loki (Tom Hiddleston) once again, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is ambushed and has his hand chopped off by his brother. It's a shocking scene, and if you're not expecting it, is a really fantastic moment in the film.
3. Chubbs Peterson (Happy Gilmore):
Now technically, Chubbs (Carl Weathers) is missing his hand before the film begins. It's been bitten off by an alligator. But Happy crushes Chubbs' prosthetic hand during a handshake, so in that way, Chubbs loses a hand within the film. Chubbs is a great character and the way the filmmakers make no attempt to hide the fact that Weathers is simply holding the prosthetic with his actual hand is hilarious.
2. Aron Ralston (127 Hours):
I feel a little bad not having Ralston (James Franco) at the top of the list. Not only does he cut off his own hand (and part of his arm) to escape certain death, but 127 Hours is based on a true story. I have nothing but respect for the real Aron Ralston, but I can't push Franco to number one because that spot has been held since 1980.
1. Luke Skywalker (The Empire Strikes Back):
Luke's hand is one of the many things that makes Empire so fantastic in the end. It's not enough that Han is betrayed and frozen in carbonite, but Luke is defeated by Darth Vader who in the process slices off Luke's hand with his lightsaber. It's all so hopeless, yet it's a perfect way to end the film and drive you towards the final movie in the trilogy. Now, Luke does get a new, far cooler, robot hand by the end, but that doesn't take anything away from the iconic moment.
Runners Up: For about a minute I considered Darth Vader's hand loss from Return of the Jedi, but Luke did it first (and better). I also considered the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but that's more of an arm thing, and Edward Scissorhands tried to creep onto the list, but I don't think he even had normal hands to begin with.