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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 Historical documents suggest Nazi Germany would have demanded restoration of its former African colonies as war reparations.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!"
26th Jan '17 8:28:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''StarCraft'', the Zerg victory results screen shows a Hydralisk atop a pile of skulls.

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* In ''StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', the Zerg victory results screen shows a Hydralisk atop a pile of skulls.
29th Dec '16 9:30:08 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 [[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. 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 [[TheApartheidEra [[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 Nov '16 7:19:02 PM Lopiny
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* Just like in the source material, ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has the Imperium, and in particular the Emperor, being obsessed with skulls. However, in one of the Q&A sessions, he gets asked about this, and his response is oddly heartwarming:
-->[[AC:It is to show that even in its barest form humanity is beautiful. Have you seen how majestically my cranium curves between my parietals? It is amazing, and something that binds us all together.]]
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23rd Oct '16 5:06:56 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Downplayed in MegaMan 4, with Skull Man's territory. All of the walls and floors/platforms are made of bones (or more likely, metallic girders that are made to look like bones), but they are all straight-line bones like the ones from the leg. No big rows of skulls. The closest they come is a species of mook that looks like a whole skeleton, and a few whole dinosaur skeletons in the walls of the background. Then Mega Man confronts Skull Man himself, and the trope is in much fuller play, when Skull Man not only resembles a skeleton, but surrounds himself with a deflector shield of four skulls that revolve around him.

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* Downplayed in MegaMan 4, ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', with Skull Man's territory. All of the walls and floors/platforms are made of bones (or more likely, metallic girders that are made to look like bones), but they are all straight-line bones like the ones from the leg. No big rows of skulls. The closest they come is a species of mook that looks like a whole skeleton, and a few whole dinosaur skeletons in the walls of the background. Then Mega Man confronts Skull Man himself, and the trope is in much fuller play, when Skull Man not only resembles a skeleton, but surrounds himself with a deflector shield of four skulls that revolve around him.
10th Oct '16 9:58:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''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.

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* ''GauntsGhosts'', ''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.
2nd Oct '16 9:42:10 PM __Vano
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It helps too that skulls stack up so neatly. Or perhaps it's the fact that skulls represent a one-to-one ratio of bones to corpses, giving an instant clue on how many lives must have ended to produce this, while a given human has multiple of the majority of other bones (and the most visible exception, the spine, takes up a lot more room per victim).

It's also what you're left with when you take heads as trophies and leave the rest on the battlefield. Whatever the case, when warlords and writers want to evoke terror, they create gargantuan piles of Nothing But Skulls. [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses And stand on them.]] It's an [[OlderThanFeudalism old trope]], but still effective.

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It helps too that skulls stack up so neatly. Or perhaps it's the fact that skulls represent a one-to-one ratio of bones to corpses, giving an instant clue on how many lives must have (been) ended to produce this, while this. While a given human has multiple of the majority of other bones (and the most visible exception, the spine, takes up a lot more room per victim).

victim). It's also what you're left with when you take heads as trophies and leave the rest on the battlefield. battlefield.

Whatever the case, when warlords and writers want to evoke terror, they create gargantuan piles of Nothing But Skulls. [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses And stand on them.]] It's an [[OlderThanFeudalism old trope]], but still effective.
31st Aug '16 10:48:20 PM MrNickelodeon
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* One of the temple chambers shown in ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is filled to the brim with skulls.
12th Aug '16 8:04:24 PM nombretomado
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* Shields with human skulls are a very common wall decoration in human homes in ''{{Albion}}''. Locals are quick to point out that they are old family heirlooms.

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* Shields with human skulls are a very common wall decoration in human homes in ''{{Albion}}''.''VideoGame/{{Albion}}''. Locals are quick to point out that they are old family heirlooms.
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