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16th Jul '17 11:08:23 AM nombretomado
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* Guy Savile's novel ''The Afrika Reich'' deals with what was likely to happen had the Germans won WW2. Historical documents suggest Nazi Germany would have demanded restoration of its former African colonies as war reparations. Savile suggests they would have gone beyond this and demanded additional African colonies from Britain, France and Belgium, occupying ceded territory as part of the drive for ''lebensraum''. Savile's novel sets put an Africa where, with collaboration from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra sympathetic Afrikaaners]], once the death camps had dealt with the "Jewish question", they would have continued in business dealing with the next category of undesirable ''untermensch'' - Black Africans. The psychopathic governor of a German colony in Africa has his SS troops' parade-ground paved with negro skulls...

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* Guy Savile's novel ''The Afrika Reich'' deals with what was likely to happen had the Germans won WW2.[=WW2=]. Historical documents suggest Nazi Germany would have demanded restoration of its former African colonies as war reparations. Savile suggests they would have gone beyond this and demanded additional African colonies from Britain, France and Belgium, occupying ceded territory as part of the drive for ''lebensraum''. Savile's novel sets put an Africa where, with collaboration from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra sympathetic Afrikaaners]], once the death camps had dealt with the "Jewish question", they would have continued in business dealing with the next category of undesirable ''untermensch'' - Black Africans. The psychopathic governor of a German colony in Africa has his SS troops' parade-ground paved with negro skulls...
11th Jul '17 8:03:06 PM Malady
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SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset is for when skulls and other bones are used as accessories and on clothing.
3rd Jul '17 9:26:30 AM AngelusNox
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* Archeologists found in Mexico city a [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40473547 what they believe to be Huey Tzompantli, a skull rack some 60 metres (200ft) in diameter which stood on the corner of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice.]] It was believed to be made with the skulls of soldiers but the skulls of women and children have been found among the skulls of young men. So far they have dug a total of 676 skulls and it is believed to have many more skulls buried at the lower levels and the base of the tower.
2nd Jun '17 1:42:17 AM Troper1138
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* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/88/Vasily_Vereshchagin_-_%D0%90%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%84%D0%B5%D0%BE%D0%B7_%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%BD%D1%8B_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/1280px-Vasily_Vereshchagin_-_%D0%90%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%84%D0%B5%D0%BE%D0%B7_%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%BD%D1%8B_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg ''The Apotheosis of War'']] by 19th century Russian painter V. Vereshchagin is a marvelous example of this trope. The fact that the artist was born in a town called ''Cherepovets'' (''"Skulltown"'' in Russian), which was named after an ancient pagan shrine, adds to the RuleOfCool.

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* [[http://upload.[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/88/Vasily_Vereshchagin_-_%D0%90%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%84%D0%B5%D0%BE%D0%B7_%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%BD%D1%8B_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/1280px-Vasily_Vereshchagin_-_%D0%90%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%84%D0%B5%D0%BE%D0%B7_%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%BD%D1%8B_-_Google_Art_Project.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Apotheosis.jpg ''The Apotheosis of War'']] by 19th century Russian painter V. Vereshchagin is a marvelous example of this trope. The fact that the artist was born in a town called ''Cherepovets'' (''"Skulltown"'' in Russian), which was named after an ancient pagan shrine, adds to the RuleOfCool.
23rd Apr '17 12:56:36 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode "The Trouble With Augie", Donatello eventually founds a mass grave organized in this manner. While one can see bits and pieces of other types of bones, skulls are by far the most common.

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* In the ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' episode "The Trouble With Augie", Donatello eventually founds a mass grave organized in this manner. While one can see bits and pieces of other types of bones, skulls are by far the most common.
16th Apr '17 5:24:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Squidbillies}}'': Dan Halen uses a pile of his employee's skulls to top off "Mount Murder". The last surviving manager, Glen, tells him it would look better with one more on top, [[TooDumbToLive hands him an axe]] and [[http://video.adultswim.com/squidbillies/just-one-more-skull.html positions his head exactly where he thinks the last skull should go.]]
* ''WesternANimation/CampLakebottom'': In "Cheeks of Dread", the lair of the [[KillerRabbit killer chipmunk]] Chipper contains a mound of human skulls.

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* ''{{Squidbillies}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'': Dan Halen uses a pile of his employee's skulls to top off "Mount Murder". The last surviving manager, Glen, tells him it would look better with one more on top, [[TooDumbToLive hands him an axe]] and [[http://video.adultswim.com/squidbillies/just-one-more-skull.html positions his head exactly where he thinks the last skull should go.]]
* ''WesternANimation/CampLakebottom'': ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "Cheeks of Dread", the lair of the [[KillerRabbit killer chipmunk]] Chipper contains a mound of human skulls.
4th Apr '17 8:14:18 PM nombretomado
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** The Greyhawk cosmology/{{Planescape}} campaign features (or once featured) the Pillar of Skulls on Baator, composed of the skulls of those who hid knowledge from another, and as a result the person they hid it from died.

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** The Greyhawk cosmology/{{Planescape}} cosmology[=/=]TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} campaign features (or once featured) the Pillar of Skulls on Baator, composed of the skulls of those who hid knowledge from another, and as a result the person they hid it from died.
14th Mar '17 3:25:41 AM nighttrainfm
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--> ''If some of the religions were right and there really was bodily resurrection one day, Fred mused, there was going to be an awful lot of confusion and general milling about.''
15th Feb '17 4:58:43 PM AthenaBlue
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], the Doctor makes a HighDiveEscape from the castle into the ocean, only to discover that the seabed is covered in nothing but skulls. [[spoiler:The viewer later learns that the skulls are all ''his'', the only remaining piece of him after he disintegrates himself to teleport in a new clone.]]

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HeavenSent [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], the Doctor makes a HighDiveEscape from the castle into the ocean, only to discover that the seabed is covered in nothing but skulls. [[spoiler:The viewer later learns that the skulls are all ''his'', the only remaining piece of him after he disintegrates himself to teleport in a new clone.]]
15th Feb '17 4:58:10 PM AthenaBlue
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* Guy Savile's novel ''The Afrika Reich'' deals with what was likely to happen had the Germans won WW2. Historical documents suggest Nazi Germany would have demanded restoration of its former African colonies as war reparations. Savile suggests they would have gone beyond this and demanded additional African colonies from Britain, France and Belgium, occupying ceded territory as part of the drive for ''lebensraum''. Savile's novel sets put an Africa where, with collaboration from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra sympathetic Afrikaaners]], once the death camps had dealt with the "Jewish question", they would have continued in business dealing with the next category of undesirable ''untermensch'' - Black Africans. The psychopathic governor of a German colony in Africa has his SS troops' parade-ground paved with negro skulls...
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' by Creator/StephenKing: The Crimson King has a throne made of skulls.



* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', ''Blood Pact'': A rumor circulates about a valley filled with millions of [[MadnessMantra dusty skulls with the tops sawn off]]. To the point that it scares the crap out of hardened veterans of several wars, and even freaks out Gaunt himself a bit. Of course it helps that the entirety of the building they're camped in is thoroughly evil.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', there's a bridge in Khaliras made entirely out of skulls and magic. The only real point of the skulls is to intimidate and show where the bridge actually is (it's possible to cross it with the skulls gone). Did I mention this bridge crosses what appears to be a mile wide bottomless chasm, and is the only way into the castle?



* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' by Creator/StephenKing: The Crimson King has a throne made of skulls.
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'', ''Blood Pact'': A rumor circulates about a valley filled with millions of [[MadnessMantra dusty skulls with the tops sawn off]]. To the point that it scares the crap out of hardened veterans of several wars, and even freaks out Gaunt himself a bit. Of course it helps that the entirety of the building they're camped in is thoroughly evil.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', there's a bridge in Khaliras made entirely out of skulls and magic. The only real point of the skulls is to intimidate and show where the bridge actually is (it's possible to cross it with the skulls gone). Did I mention this bridge crosses what appears to be a mile wide bottomless chasm, and is the only way into the castle?
* Guy Savile's novel ''The Afrika Reich'' deals with what was likely to happen had the Germans won WW2. Historical documents suggest Nazi Germany would have demanded restoration of its former African colonies as war reparations. Savile suggests they would have gone beyond this and demanded additional African colonies from Britain, France and Belgium, occupying ceded territory as part of the drive for ''lebensraum''. Savile's novel sets put an Africa where, with collaboration from [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra sympathetic Afrikaaners]], once the death camps had dealt with the "Jewish question", they would have continued in business dealing with the next category of undesirable ''untermensch'' - Black Africans. The psychopathic governor of a German colony in Africa has his SS troops' parade-ground paved with negro skulls...



* In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode "Cave Dwellers" there's a giant snake pit with lots and lots of skulls. "Oh look, anal-retentive snakes, they lined up the skulls!"



** Episode 2 of the first serial ''An Unearthly Child'' was called ''The Cave Of Skulls'', it featured [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Cave full of Skulls]].
** "The Wedding of River Song", which featured a crypt full of ''living'' skulls, leftovers from the process of creating Headless Monks.
** In "Heaven Sent", the Doctor makes a HighDiveEscape from the castle into the ocean, only to discover that the seabed is covered in nothing but skulls. [[spoiler:The viewer later learns that the skulls are all ''his'', the only remaining piece of him after he disintegrates himself to teleport in a new clone.]]

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** Episode 2 of the first serial ''An serial, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild "An Unearthly Child'' Child"]], was called ''The "The Cave Of Skulls'', Skulls", and it featured [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Cave cave full of Skulls]].
skulls]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song", Song"]], which featured a crypt full of ''living'' skulls, leftovers from the process of creating Headless Monks.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HeavenSent "Heaven Sent", Sent"]], the Doctor makes a HighDiveEscape from the castle into the ocean, only to discover that the seabed is covered in nothing but skulls. [[spoiler:The viewer later learns that the skulls are all ''his'', the only remaining piece of him after he disintegrates himself to teleport in a new clone.]]]]
* In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode "Cave Dwellers" there's a giant snake pit with lots and lots of skulls. "Oh look, anal-retentive snakes, they lined up the skulls!"
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