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(although will hopefully launch). A related trope to I'm a Humanitarian
, this also involves a taboo-violating use of human remains, although in this case, to wear rather than to eat.
This may be done to represent victory over an enemy, although it could also be warped behavior from a Serial Killer
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the House of Bolton is notorious for flaying enemies and wearing their skin as cloaks (in fact, their coat of arms is a picture of a flayed man). A current Bolton, the utterly sadistic Ramsay, still practices this, and his father, Roose, is implied to as well. In one scene, Ramsay expresses his intent to use a woman's breasts to make boots, and Roose objects, because (speaking from personal experience?) he notes that women's breasts don't make good boots.
- In a somewhat less disgusting example, there's a Wilding warrior who wears armor made of various human bones and has a helmet made of a skull. He wants to be called the Lord of Bones, but everyone mostly calls him Rattleshirt.
- In The Great Gatsby, the gangster Meyer Wolfsheim has cuff-links made of human teeth.
- In a shout out to The Great Gatsby, in Discworld, the troll gangster Chrysoprase wears cuff-links made of the teeth of less successful rivals who don't trouble him any more. This is kind of a joke in that troll teeth are diamonds, so Chrysoprase wears diamond cuff-links of an unorthodox variety.
- As noted in film above, Wild Bill does this in The Silence of the Lambs.