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[[caption-width-right:260:Welcome to the [[{{Pun}} Bone Club]].]]

->''"With an ass's jawbone I have made asses of them. With an ass's jawbone I have killed a thousand men."''
-->-- '''Samson''', Judges 15:16, Literature/TheBible

The use of bones as an ImprovisedWeapon. Similar to GrievousHarmWithABody, except that that involves using a whole body or at least a bodily limb that hasn't yet been reduced to bone. Bonus points if it involves a StockFemurBone or is used for PalatePropping.

DemBones may be involved. SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset is what happens when you wear bones as armor regularly. See BallisticBone for bones launched as AbnormalAmmo.

Not to be confused with BadToTheBone.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Kimimaro is apparently the only member of his clan to fully activate hisr kekkai genkai, the Shikotsumyaku or "Dead Bone Pulse". Using it, he can manipulate his bones to act as armor against any attack or extract weapons formed of super-dense bone.
** His distant ancestor [[spoiler:Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] had a more deadly version capable of reducing the target to ash in one hit.
* Sango from ''Manga/InuYasha''. She and her village use the bones, skins, shells and other remains of youkai they killed to make them into weapons. Her giant boomerang is made from purified demon bones.
* In ''Anime/{{Digimon|Adventure}},'' Ogremon wields a bone as a club. PaletteSwap MonsterOfTheWeek Fugamon does the same. (Another variation exists called Hyogamon, but he's got a big icicle instead.)
* Faust VIII from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' uses skeletons as his spirit medium. If you get him REALLY angry, he'll sic a giant skeleton made of normal skeletons at you.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Marrow, whose power is to grow bones out of her body. Usually this means outward jutting spines, claws, or knives -- she isn't too big on bludgeoning bones even though they do show up in her arsenal.
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} when he has his bone claws instead of his [[WolverineClaws Adamantium claws]] counts, as well.
** Marrow inspired Spyke from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', who in turn inspired the Spike from ''[[ComicBook/XForce X Statix]]'', who preferred shooting bone spikes out of his body.
* A character in ''ComicBook/FinalDestination: Spring Break'' dies when she falls into a medical display skeleton, the unusually pointy ribs of which impale her.
* Refugees from the Labyrinth in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Summer Special'' craft the bones of one of their dead members into weapons to battle the LegionsOfHell, since only something "of Hell" can harm something else "of Hell".
* In the French comic book ''La Licorne'' ("The Unicorn"), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambroise_Pare Ambroise Paré]] is attacked by assassins sent by the Church. Thankfully, it happens in a laboratory with multiple dead bodies on study, which the surgeon promptly weaponizes - he stabs one to death with a rib, trips another into falling onto a ribcage (like the ''Final Destination'' example above) and smashes yet another by using a skull still attached to a spine as an improvised mace.
* The crazed actor Steven Rand in ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'' adopted a jawbone of an ass as his weapon of choice when he started his quest for revenge as Atlas.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'': Blackjack fashions an improvised ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macuahuitl macuhuitl]]'' from the bones and teeth of a dragon skeleton she finds in a museum.
* ''Fanfic/AGrowingAffection'': Kabuto attaches Kimimaro's arm to his body to gain Shikotsumyaku.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The first segment of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' has protohumans discover tools by aid of the monolith by whacking their enemies with bones.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker grabs a femur to fight the Rancor in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and uses it to prop the beast's mouth open. Later he tosses a skull at the button for the heavy portcullis making it drop on the Rancor and kill it.
* In the Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme film ''Film/SuddenDeath'', a man was killed with a chicken bone.
* Abby stabs one of the villains in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'' with her exposed arm bone.
* In ''Film/RedSonja'', Falkon (Prince Tarn's fat bodyguard) uses a big bone as a mace.
* A version of Spike from ''ComicBook/XForce'' fought Wolverine in the ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and fired long bone shafts out of his wrists.

* In ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly The Six Sacred Stones]]'', Zoe is hunted through a maze by hyenas and fights them off using crocodile bones. She turns them into stabbing weapons by holding them against the wall of the maze while running.
* Väinämöinen from ''Literature/TheKalevala'' built his first kantele (a stringed musical instrument) out of the jaw bone of a giant fish he has slain. Not exactly a weapon, but seeing how he was a master of MagicMusic, he used his kantele later to disable Louhi's guards to make a clean getaway with TheSampo.
* A character briefly incapacitates Freddy by smashing his head in with a bone in ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers]]''.
* Secondary villain Norwood Thawn from ''Literature/FridayThe13thHateKillRepeat'' creates a dagger out of dead wife's bones, with the intent of using it against Jason.
* In Creator/MikeResnick's "Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge" the primitive night creatures [[spoiler:(the surviving humans)]] use bones of their fellow tribesmen as weapons [[spoiler:and in the end club Exobiologist to death with a shinbone]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has a woman die after having a lamb chop thrown at her in an argument over a slimming competition, the bone of which pierced her neck (although it's explained she would have lived if her friends took her to a hospital instead of letting her bleed out trying to cover it up).
* Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the properly named First Blade (since it is, y'know, a bone shaped and used as a blade), which belonged to no other than Cain, yes, as in Biblical Cain, only he was the good brother. The blade is so powerful it can kill nearly anything, since reapers, Knights of Hell (the most powerful demons ever), angels that are powered up to God-like level, and even Cain himself, the Father of Murder and original Knight of Hell, decapitate people, and pretty much just about anything. It simply makes the Colt useless. And since it is indestructible, it the only way to get rid of it is by throwing it somewhere unreachable. However it has two drawbacks, the first being that it need to be used along with the Mark of Cain, as explained by him: "The mark and the blade work together. Without the mark, the blade is useless. It's just an old bone." The other downside of it, is that welding the blade while having the marks makes the wearier unstable and not-so-slowly a complete ''AxCrazy''.
* Ransik, the BigBad of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', fights by pulling bones out of his body and transfiguring them into weapons. This appears to hurt. A lot.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Samson, the original badass of Literature/TheBible, once wiped out a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey [[note]]this was a violation of his Nazarite vows, as he was to have nothing to do with dead bodies.[[/note]], this making this OlderThanFeudalism.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Adventure A4 ''In The Dungeons of The Slave Lords'' starts with the {{PC}}s in the title location, stripped of all weapons and equipment. If they search carefully they can find a human skull (usable as a thrown weapon) and a human thigh bone (usable as a club).
** The ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' settings is a world that lacks ([[CrapsackWorld amongst other things]]) metals, and the majority of equipment are made of bone, carapace, etc. These are understandably inferior to the rare metal gears. Pre 4th Edition it was even more merciless, with those bone equipment having atrociously low durability.
** Pushing Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability to the limit, there was also an obscure Osteomancer prestige class which focused on exactly this subject.
** Archer skeletons from ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' use bone arrows, which can grow into additional skeletal attackers if they miss their targets. Giant skeletons from the same setting (not skeletons ''of'' giants, but human ones enlarged before animation) use bone-tipped spears or scythes in combat.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a number of primitive creatures that use bone weapons, most notably ghouls and savage orcs.
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' game, [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Giant_Orc Giant Orc]] uses the femur of... some other giant monster as a club.

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Tools on Bara Magna are either made of bone or claw.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Just as a general videogame example; in any game where there are undead enemies (especially skeletons) expect to see bones being used as weapons in some manner or another. Throwing them seems to be popular in platformers.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', your character can use bone based weapons like The Bone Sword and Bone Axe.
** ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' as well has a few bone-based weapons, like the Lumpy Skull Club or Dragonfang Scimitar.
** ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' has The Doom Weapons which look bone based
* The first "weapon" you get in ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' is a large bone.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Cubone and Marowak (pictured on the top of the page), which use bone attacks such as Bone Club, [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Bonemerang]], and Bone Rush. All three used to be [[SignatureMove exclusive to them]] until [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]]. Even in Generation IV and on, Bone Club and Bonemerang are still exclusive to the two; meanwhile, Lucario and Mandibuzz are the only other Pokémon with Bone Rush. The [[UndergroundMonkey Alolan variant]] of Marowak introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' uses a longer bone lit with a [[SoulPower ghostly]] [[PlayingWithFire flame]], and it's also the only Pokémon that learns the move Shadow Bone. To further this trope, the held item Thick Club (known as Thick Bone in Japanese versions), which has the icon of a bone, doubles the Attack stat of a Cubone or Marowak holding it. Marowak is especially notable in that its Attack stat can reach a maximum of 568, the highest Attack stat obtainable in the ''Pokémon'' games without the assistance of any kind of buff.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Skulls can be used as melee weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', you can use both leg bones and skulls as weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/MediEvil'', your first weapon is your own arm.
* A number of weapons in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are leg bones. There are also several high quality weapons constructed of bone such as [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=50415 Bryntroll]], in these cases losing any of the improvised aspect. Skulls are also a fairly frequent off-hand item spell casters hold to increase their abilities.
** Death Knights can create bone shields by surrounding themselves with a whirlwind of bones.
** This carries over from the earlier ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'', where there were wands, helmets, and shields made of bone plus socketable demon skulls. All particular favorites of the necromancer class. The SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' follows with Necromancer-inspired abilities to throw bones as javelins and skulls as fragmentation grenades. Some skeletal enemies shoot homing bone spikes and explode with bone shrapnel on death.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland IV'', Master Higgins begins the game with an infinite supply of bones [[BallisticBone he can throw at enemies]].
* In ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'', yetis usually don't harm the player, but if you get caught by their freezing breath which turns you into a snowman, and don't shake off the snow in time, they will crush you using giant bones as clubs.
* Some mountain trolls in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' wield bones as weapons. The player can also wield (fairly weak) Bone Daggers, Bone Clubs, Bone Spears, and Dorgeshuun Crossbows (which appear to be made of bones, complete with specialized Bone Bolts). Zanik's Crossbow is a modified and stronger Dorgeshuun Crossbow.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Umaro's weapon of choice (and in fact, his only weapon) is the Bone Club.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Stalfos in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' normally wield giant maces, but if you disarm one it will... disarm itself in a more literal fashion and start beating you with that.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Link can swipe Stal creature limbs and skulls after scattering them, and use them to bash opponents.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', many of the early weapons are made out of bone. In fact, one of your earliest Great Swords/long Swords (depends on the version) is, literally, a giant bone.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has bones as a late-game thrown weapon. Given [[DemBones what sorts of enemies drops the bones]] you can ultimately end up killing skeletons with parts of other skeletons.
* The ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series has the "Meat on the Bone" as an unlockable [[JokeItem joke weapon]] for Lizardman.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'', you can find a Femur and beat the ever loving shit out of vamps as Pissed off Christoph.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has a magical club made from a a human femur. The man who made it amputated his own leg, and and used it as a weapon to avenge his family. ''Why'' is unclear, but the description notes that it's unclear whether the item was conventionally enchanted or if he was just so mad that it gained magical powers anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6'', one enemy is an obese, robotic chicken that constantly spits bones out of its mouth.
* Crossbow bolts can be carved out of animal bone in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', which is about half-way between this trope and BallisticBone. They're not much use against large wild animals or any humanoid wearing the most rudimentary armour, barring a lucky hit, but they're a cheap and readily available source of practice ammunition.
** And the crossbows themselves can be made from bone, falling under this trope when your marksdwarves [[PistolWhipping run out of ammo]]. Unfortunately, bone is a bit too light to be an ideal choice for this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': Koromaru can use a bone as a weapon.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'': The "Mr. Bones" ghosts throw their bones as weapons.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' has the Fiends, small humanoid Animators, who use this as their ranged attack. Sometimes it's not always bones ''per se'' (cf. the Book Fiends), but the effect's the same.
* In ''VideoGame/ArxFatalis'' large bones (that look like femurs) are the first weapon you get.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Bat Outta Hell weapon is a skull and spinal cord used by all classes except for Engineer and Spy.
* The Marvel character Marrow (see comic section) appearing in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' got her powers amped up to fit the visual style. Whereas in the comics she could only create small projectiles and knives, here she can create meter long spikes and clubs the length of her arms.
* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', Sly's neanderthal ancestor "Bob" uses a giant bone club as his melee weapon.
* Villagers in the original ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresI'' attack with large elephant bones. This is not that odd when you are in the original Stone Age but becomes a rather weird sight when you have reached the Bronze Age and the same villagers are surrounded by finely crafted Greco-Roman buildings, though by the Iron Age they graduate to pitchforks. In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' the villagers use metal knives.
* Although entirely cosmetic and it gives no boost, you can hold a bone while punching enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''.
* With the Dawnguard expansion for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', it is possible to create Dragonbone Weapons, which happen to be even more powerful than Daedric weapons. The dragonbone warhammer, which has the highest base damage of any weapon available in the game, is essentially a dragon's femur with a long decorative handle.
* In the ''Videogame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' reboot, Rick's [[SuperMode Berserk Mode]] has his bones protruding out of him to form giant bone blades.
* In ''VideoGame/FableIII'' one of the possible permutations your character can have includes bone decoration. You get if your character kills a lot of Hollow Men. Unfortunately, since Hollow Men make up something like 90% of the enemies you face in the game, you'll usually end up with bone decoration whether you like it or not.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'', one of the swords Toan can use is the Bone Rapier. Among the randomly generated loot, it is one of the weaker swords.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': Being a proud skeleton, all of Papyrus' attacks are bone based. [[spoiler:As are most of his brother Sans' attacks, though Sans adds his own unique twist to several of them.]]
-->'''Battle text''': Papyrus prepares a non-bone attack, then spends a minute fixing his mistake.
* One of the dual [[SinisterScythe kamas]] used by Pendles from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is made from the the reclaimed skull, femur, and ribs of a [[BirdPeople Kormiri Aviant]] that was a previous target of his.
* Dry Bones attack primarily by throwing bones at Mario in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series. In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', they sometimes drop the Bone sticker, allowing ''Mario himself'' to attack his enemies that way.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In order to deal with ghosts, the [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja McNinja clan]] are given holy weapons, one of which is nunchucks made with the bones of Mother Theresa.
* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': Dave the highwayman seems to prefer using the random femur bone [[spoiler:given to him]] over the dagger he was first seen with.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Marquis from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the power to grow vast constructs of bone right through his flesh and shape it at will, and he can also manipulate other people's bones if they become exposed.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Tex once killed Jimmy by ripping out his skull and beat him to death with it. This was noted to be physically impossible by Jimmy. [[spoiler:[[FakeMemories It also never actually happened.]]]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Spyke.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'' involving a hidden cave of pirate treasure, Max apologizes to a pirate's skeleton before beaning a mook with his skull.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's evidence that early humans carved, among stone, animal bones into weapons or tools. Knife handles carved from bone or ivory remain popular to this day.
* In many wilderness survival guides, a suitable animal bone can be used to craft an effective field-expedient edged weapon
* The traditional warclub of many Inuit tribes is the penis-bone of a walrus, which can be the size of a baseball bat.
* Some [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Australian Aboriginal]] tribes use the "pointing of the bone" to lay curses.
** In 1993, after Aboriginal UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball player Nicky Winmar had been the target of racial abuse in a game against Collingwood, and their president Allan [=McAllister=] had made comments condoning their fans' behaviour, a witch-doctor laid a curse on the club in this manner.
** In an example of parallel cultural evolution, Navajos and Apaches also believe a witch can curse someone by pointing bones at them. Since fingers are made of bones, GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger is ''really'' rude in their cultures; they point by pursing their lips toward the indicated object, instead.
* [[http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-11-23/news/fl-prison-weapons-20121122_1_dental-floss-jail-inmates-jailhouse-weapons A pork chop bone]] was used as a [[SinisterShiv shank]] by a prisoner... resulting in pork chops no longer being on the menu.