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->''"At first glance, one would think that they have discovered a fossilized bone from an ancient civilization. Look again. Do bones really look like that?!?!?! Perhaps in cartoons, but not around these parts, pal. This, my friend, is the fossilized remains of one of the treats that were used centuries ago in order to domesticate the local wild animals. The sad part is that they were shaped like a 'bone' purely for the entertainment of the creature giving the treat, as the creature eating it couldn't care less what it was shaped like."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', the description of a Fossilized Domesticated Animal Treat.

In media, whenever a bone that isn't a skull or hip shows up, it's a very good bet it will be the classic femur bone, a straight rod with two evenly-sized bulbs at either end [[note]]Even though real femurs only look like that on one end; the top is actually more of a knob.[[/note]], ignoring the RealLife diversity of ribs, scapulas, clavicles, vertebras, and all the other diverse bones that hold the body in shape. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the femur being the largest, strongest, straightest bone in the body, so it's instantly recognizable, often well preserved, and useful for everything from [[BadWithTheBone improvised clubs]] to [[StockAnimalDiet dog chew toys]] to macabre furniture supports.

In media, those femur bones are often symmetrical from both sides, [[CoconutEffect although they aren't like that in]] RealLife. This is also known as "Cartoon Bone".

In lighthearted works, these are often visible when using XRaySparks. See also NothingButSkulls.

Not to be confused with an actual animal femur bone used to make stock.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'': Ogremon and Fugamon's weapons of choice.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/PocketGod'', Ooga, Klik, Sun, and Kinsee wear this type of bone in their hair. The other pygmies wear more distinct bones.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Mainly seen in Dantés Lucha Factory and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, El Barbaro Cavernario is prone to wearing a giant femur bone in his hair.

* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'': One gets thrown into a cauldron.

* The "funny bone" from the classic ''Operation'' is one of these.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Any bone-throwing skeleton in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series throws a classic cartoon bone.
* ''Videogame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES'' video game has the player collecting bones of Freddy Krueger to bury them. However, every single bone is the classic femur bone and Freddy has a lot of them.
* Most of the enemies which drop bones in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', seem to drop femur bones exclusively. Even snakes! Only a few of the enemies drop different bones.
* Master Higgins throws stock femur bones in ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland IV''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', skeletons drop these.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', Marowak and Cubone wield one of these bones, and in turn, the Thick Club item. The Rare Bone item from the Sinnoh Underground is also an example.
* You wield one of these bones in ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore''
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has skulls and femurs scattered in the Paris catacombs. No ulnas in sight.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', these are used like cigars among [[PettingZooPeople Caninu]]. There are even different styles of holding them in your mouth, such as "Wild" and "Sexy".
* In ''VideoGame/DeCapAttack'', the enemies die with femur bones flying out of them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Limbo of the lost}}'', you have to feed some monster dog(s?) using bones of a skeleton. All fine, until you find that this specific skeleton has three femurs.
* In some of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games, certain fatalities would cause the victim to explode in a shower of femurs and rib cages.
* ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'' threw femurs as one of their weapon types. Notable in that they were not symmetric, resembling real femurs more than the classic cartoon femur. The icon for the weapon is stock, however.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': in the "Meet the Soldier" trailer, the Medic's severed head has a femur where the spine should be.
* One of the first hidden-object pages in ''Escape The Museum'' is a search for ten femur bones. Ironically, they are anatomically accurate human femurs, but are scattered around an exhibit of ''dinosaur'' skeletons.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Mario}}'' games, Dry Bones throw these at you (starting with their appearance in VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld). This includes their palette swaps in the VideoGame/PaperMario games.
* The Bone Essence in ''VideoGame/MySims Kingdom'' is one of these.
* Most of the bones found in ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder 2''. They can be used as clubs.
* ''VideoGame/FreddiFish'': Found in the first game, and used to placate the Junkyard Dogfish.
* VideoGame/{{Gex}} has one attached to [[SavagePiercings his nose]] in the Pre-History dinosaur themed levels.
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'': Most collectible bones are these.
* ''VideoGame/KnightmareIITheMazeOfGalious'': First boss throws these.
* You can collect them in ''VideoGame/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatiansPuppiesToTheRescue''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}'': {{Justified|Trope}} for being an actual human femur. A DinosaurDoggieBone can be taken from the mounted dinosaur at the museum.
* ''VideoGame/PuttPutt'': In ''Joins the Parade'', Putt-Putt finds one and uses it to befriend Pep. Later, in ''Dog on a Stick'', Pep finds them all over the place.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'': Some of the enemies in the original game and ''Risky's Revenge'' disintegrate into these when killed.
* ''[[VideoGame/SidAndAlsIncredibleToons Sid & Al's Incredible Toons]]'' has "Dog Bone" as one of the standard wall/platform types, distinguished by high slipperiness.
* If Valentine from ''VideoGame/{{SkullGirls}}'' loses by time out, she explodes into a pile of femurs & ribcages as a reference to Mortal Kombat.
* In the cut content of ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'' Dr. Neo Cortex was going to go inside Coco's brain for the level "Gone A Bit Coco". The x-ray of her skull shows that her ponytail has these as support.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The various bone attacks from skeleton brothers Sans and Papyrus take on this form.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "disconnected", Strong Bad imagines what he would do if his head were ever disconnected from his body (and both somehow managed to continue living). His body is shown as having a femur bone sticking out of its neck instead of a spinal column.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' does a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' comic wherein a rogue jumps off a cliff, counting on their mad rogue skillz to cushion their fall, but realizes mid-fall that this won't help the skeletal horse he's mounted on. As TheRant [[LampshadeHanging points out]], [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=041309 Look at all those femurs that horse has!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* These are often gnawed on and buried by Pluto on the ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts''. One cartoon, however, subverted it by having him unearth an accurately drawn femur.
* Sideshow Mel from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has one stuck in his hair.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', Snoopy has a big pile of these in his bowl; he eats them as he reads the newspaper. Note he doesn't chew on them, or gnaw the meat off the bones, he eats the bones.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Dino has giant, dinosaur-sized femur bones to chew on.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Patrick eats some Exploding Chewing Gum. [[YourHeadASplode Results were predictable]], right down to having a femur where his spine should be ([[RuleOfFunny if starfish had spines, that is]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Pegasus wings are usually meant to emulate bird wings when possible, though in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It and Weep]]" we see an X-Ray of Rainbow Dash's wing, [[ArtisticLicenseBiology and it's made up mostly of Stock Femur Bones]]. Kind of explains why she was trapped when a boulder pinned one feather in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May The Best Pet Win!]]"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Gryphon the Brush-Off]]", pausing or going frame-by-frame during the part where Gilda falls for Pinkie's hand buzzer prank reveals that [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130106050703/mlp/images/1/10/Gilda_Anatomy_S1E5.png her entire skeletal structure, save for her skull, ribcage, spine, and (possibly) pelvis, are made up of these, resulting in a very funny-looking skeleton.]]
* Similarly, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' had Mickey, Donald and Goofy get their skin blown off by a plane propeller, revealing their skeletons which are mostly made up of these

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Dog biscuits are shaped this way to show that they're for dogs, and [[StockAnimalDiet dogs eat bones, dontcha know]].