Created By: Twoeyesshort on June 3, 2017 Last Edited By: Twoeyesshort on July 3, 2017
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Crafted From Animals

Equipment made from animal/monster parts.

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A piece of equipment created from bits and pieces of a large creature. This can include teeth, claws, bones in general, hides and coats, whole appendages, chitin from Big Creepy-Crawlies, organs, and generally anything that can be cut off and utilized. The reasons for doing this can vary: it can be a matter of convenience, because the body part in question has properties not easily replicated by other means, or just a means of showing off.

Possession of such things tends to be shorthand for "badass hunter", since Fridge Logic dictates that the character most likely had to kill the creature in question to get the requisite materials. Claws and teeth also tend to be Absurdly Sharp Blades, to emphasize the ferocity of the previous owners, or at least justify their continued usage in place of more "advanced" weapons.

The creation of such equipment has become prominent in video games, as well, particularly the RPG genre. If the player isn't capable of crafting the gear themselves, it's not uncommon to find an NPC who can do the job in their stead... of course, they need 20 Bear Asses for materials.

Truth in Television: before metalworking, bones were a common choice for tool materials, and hides provide a lot of mileage in terms of insulation and warmth.

Since bones are a common choice for this trope, there's a lot of overlap with Bad with the Bone, Ballistic Bone or Skeletons in the Coat Closet. The runner-up, fur, generally leads to Pelts of the Barbarian, Fur Bikini, and/or Nemean Skinning. If the body is used as a weapon without it being taken apart first, that's Grievous Harm with a Body. If used ornamentally, it can also overlap with Battle Trophy. See also Item Crafting and Organ Drops.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Having the fame of fighting a wild bear and not just surviving, also killing the animal with his fists, Mamoru Takamura from Hajime no Ippo usually should appears with the skin and head of that bear as a cape previous of his fights, also showing the scar of the bear clawing in his chest.

     Comic Books 
  • Being the barbarian he is, Conan the Barbarian in all his appearances in media (comic books, movies, tabletop games, video games, etc.) usually wears animal skins and parts into his costume, included a fur loincloth and a necklace made of teeth.

     Fanfics 
  • The Swarm of War has Orks outfitting themselves with armor and weapons made out of Zerg bones. The Ork leader is actually called Warboss Bugklaw.

     Film - Animated 
  • Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has Buck's knife, which was created from the tooth of Rudy, a gigantic dinosaur. Unlike several other instances of this trope, Rudy was no worse for wear for not having the tooth.

     Literature 
  • Nac Mac Feegles from Discworld books make plenty of gear from animal parts, but since they are wee people they make use of small animals; rabbit skulls are used as helmets, mouse leather is used for bagpipes etc.
  • Often appears in Redwall, and used for disturbing effect considering that it takes place in a World of Funny Animals. There are a few villains in the series with clothing, armor, or weapons made from parts of animals they've allegedly killed, such as Cluny the Scourge and his cloak made from bat wings, and Urgan Nagru and his wolf pelt, with the skull intact.

     Toys 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • 1st Edition Monster Manual. The large plates behind a bulette's head can be made into shields of up to plus three power by a skilled dwarven craftsman.
    • Dragon magazine
      • #62 has "Evil dragon armors", an article on making armor out of dragon scales. Each type has specific abilities based on the dragon it's made from.
      • The #98 article "The Magic of Dragon Teeth", which has dragon teeth made into magical devices that could summon "dragon men" when planted in the earth.
    • Module WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure. The whip possessed by the iron golem is made out of cockatrice feathers. It retains the cockatrice's ability to petrify any creature it hits.
    • Dark Sun setting. Because of the shortage of metal, bones were often made into weapons.

    Video Games 
  • In Baldur's Gate the shells (exoskeletons) of ankheg monsters can be made into armor.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, there are several sets of armor that can be made from drake scales and dragon scales by Wade.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Bonemold armour is made by gluing layers of bone with resin, serving as medium armour in Morrowind. In-Universe legends hold that it was invented at the request of a Lord who needed armour that was light enough for his servants to wear while they fetched water in drought conditions, but heavy enough to protect them from groups of roving cannibals.
    • In Skyrim parts from slain dragons can be used to craft some of the best armour in the game. Their bones can be made into heavy "dragonplate" armour and their skin can be made into light "dragonscale" armour.
  • Elsword has a lot of weapons and occasionally armors made/taken from the bosses' body. The Secret Dungeon Bonus Bosses in particular tend to either drop the special equipments themselves (rarely), or drop the materials you'd need to craft the equipment (more commonly).
  • In the last Killer Instinct game, Chief Thunder returns from the first game with large feathers in his head and a necklace made of teeth, probably from wild animals like wolves, bears, etc. This trope becomes more literal with his alternate costumes, having helmets with heads of a bear, a wolf, a skull of an animal and even in one costume, his axes are sharped bones attached to a stone and a stick.
  • Animals in Minecraft frequently drop resources such as leather, wool, feathers or ink sacs that can be crafted into more stuff. Thus, any gear the player obtains through these materials qualifies for this trope.
  • Monster Hunter is this - the game. You are a hunter tasked with killing monsters, using their body parts to build and upgrade armor and weapons, and use them to hunt even stronger monsters.

    Web Comics 
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • June 3, 2017
    Zuxtron
  • June 3, 2017
    zarpaulus
    Poaching is illegal hunting, it's got no connection to how the products of said hunting are used. It originally referred to starving peasants hunting deer in the king's private forests.

    Change the name.
  • June 3, 2017
    Koveras
    Skeletons In The Coat Closet and Bad With The Bone are supertropes for armor and weapons made of enemy bones, respectively.
  • June 4, 2017
    Omeganian
    The Swarm Of War has Orks outfitting themselves with armor and weapons made out of Zerg bones. The Ork leader is actually called Warboss Bugklaw.
  • June 7, 2017
    Arivne
    We once had a YKTTW called Armor And Weapons Made From Dead Animals that was very similar to this. It can be mined for text and examples.

    Some examples I added to it:

    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • 1st Edition Monster Manual. The large plates behind a bulette's head can be made into shields of up to plus three power by a skilled dwarven craftsman.
      • Dragon magazine
        • #62 has "Evil dragon armors", an article on making armor out of dragon scales. Each type has specific abilities based on the dragon it's made from.
        • The #98 article "The Magic of Dragon Teeth", which has dragon teeth made into magical devices that could summon "dragon men" when planted in the earth.
      • Module WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure. The whip possessed by the iron golem is made out of cockatrice feathers. It retains the cockatrice's ability to petrify any creature it hits.
      • Dark Sun setting. Because of the shortage of metal, bones were often made into weapons.

    Video Games
    • In Baldurs Gate the shells (exoskeletons) of ankheg monsters can be made into armor.
  • June 4, 2017
    Getta
    ^ I was about to search for a similar ykttw when you found it. :P

    BTW, this would appear A LOT in RP Gs.
  • June 7, 2017
    Malady
  • June 6, 2017
    Leporidae
    Webcomics
  • June 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In Dragon Age Origins, there are several sets of armor that can be made from drake scales and dragon scales by Wade.
  • June 7, 2017
    Bisected8
    • The Elder Scrolls:
      • Bonemold armour is made by gluing layers of bone with resin, serving as medium armour in Morrowind. In Universe legends hold that it was invented at the request of a Lord who needed armour that was light enough for his servants to wear while they fetched water in drought conditions, but heavy enough to protect them from groups of roving cannibals.
      • In Skyrim parts from slain dragons can be used to craft some of the best armour in the game. Their bones can be made into heavy "dragonplate" armour and their skin can be made into light "dragonscale" armour.
  • June 6, 2017
    CactusFace
    • Monster Hunter is this - the game. You are a hunter tasked with killing monsters, using their body parts to build and upgrade armor and weapons, and use them to hunt even stronger monsters.
  • June 6, 2017
    Getta
    • Elsword has a lot of weapons and occasionally armors made/taken from the bosses' body. The Secret Dungeon Bonus Bosses in particular tend to either drop the special equipments themselves (rarely), or drop the materials you'd need to craft the equipment (more commonly).
  • June 7, 2017
    Snicka
    Why Crafting With Animals and not Crafting From Animals? I'm not a native English speaker, but to me the former sounds like the animals are tools or assistants for the crafting, whereas the latter implies that the animals provide the material for it (which is this trope).
  • June 7, 2017
    Twoeyesshort
    ^Since the trope is meant to be more about a property of the materials (namely, that they come from animals) and not so much about the actual act of creating gear from them, I'm going to go with Craft From Animals for the time being.
  • June 7, 2017
    Malady
    ^ Good point. "With" is better. *facepalm* And I already suggested it. ... And the trope I meant, is Item Crafting.
  • June 11, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Video Games:
    • In the last Killer Instinct game, Chief Thunder returns from the first game with large feathers in his head and a necklace made of teeth, probably from wild animals like wolves, bears, etc. This trope becomes more literal with his alternate costumes, having helmets with heads of a bear, a wolf, a skull of an animal and even in one costume, his axes are sharped bones attached to a stone and a stick.

    Comic Books:
    • Being the barbarian he is, Conan The Barbarian in all his appearances in media (comic books, movies, tabletop games, video games, etc.) usually wear animal skins and parts into his costume, included a fur loincloth and a necklace made of teeth.

    Anime and Manga:
    • Having the fame of fighting a wild bear and not just surviving, also killing the animal with his fists, Mamoru Takamura from Hajime No Ippo usually should appears with the skin and head of that bear as a cape previous of his fights, also showing the scar of the bear clawing in his chest.
  • June 11, 2017
    Diask
    • Nac Mac Feegles from Discworld books make plenty of gear from animal parts, but since they are wee people they make use of small animals; rabbit skulls are used as helmets, mouse leather is used for bagpipes etc.
    • Animals in Minecraft frequently drop resources such as leather, wool, feathers or ink sacs that can be crafted into more stuff.
  • July 2, 2017
    DrNoPuma
    Literature:
    • Often appears in Redwall, and used for disturbing effect considering that it takes place in a World Of Funny Animals. There are a few villains in the series with clothing, armor, or weapons made from parts of animals they've allegedly killed, such as Cluny the Scourge and his cloak made from bat wings, and Urgan Nagru and his wolf pelt, with the skull intact.
  • July 3, 2017
    Arivne
    In order to be proper English, the title should be Crafted From Animals.
  • July 3, 2017
    NightShade96
    Looks good to go.
  • July 3, 2017
    Snicka
    A few more subtropes that are worth to mention: Fur Bikini, Pelts Of The Barbarian.
  • July 3, 2017
    Malady
    Mention Item Crafting...
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