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->''"Now those who were living did their best to survive\\
In that mad world of gut-blood and fire\\
And for seven long weeks I kept myself alive\\
While the corpses around me piled higher."''
-->-- Music/EricBogle (or Music/ThePogues [[CoveredUp if you prefer]]), ''And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda''

So, the hero has just defeated a horde of {{mooks}}. So many mooks, in fact, that their corpses have been piling up under the hero's feet and formed a veritable ''mountain'' of bodies. What better way to celebrate this badass display than to perform a VictoryPose atop said pile?

Frequently (especially in FilmPosters) comes with a LegCling by the LoveInterest in a GoGoEnslavement bikini, as the hero waves his {{BFS}} [=/=] {{BFG}} (or CoolSword) [[StabTheSky in the air triumphantly]].

If it's a villain, you can expect them to instead [[SlouchOfVillainy lounge comfortably]] on their [[OrcusOnHisThrone corpse-couch]], perhaps off-handedly stabbing any enemies that have a twitch of life still in them. Bad guys with time on their hands and an interest in arts and crafts may turn this pile-o-corpses into a skull throne, with authentic human skin leather for the lining. [-[=*shudder*=]-]

The PG-13 version of this has the baddies [[NeverSayDie KO'd]] or too beat up to move. In which case, the hero will usually [[CherryTapping sit on top]] of the still moaning mooks and [[OffHandBackhand offhandedly thwack]] any that show signs of resistance. This is especially common if they're [[RedundantRescue waiting to be rescued]].

Potential ways to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this trope include [[HumanShield using the corpse]] [[BulletproofHumanShield as cover]], or surprise attacking anyone who goes over the corpses while you're on the other side of it. Or in some cases, [[BodyOfBodies creatures forming themselves with a pile of corpses]].

Compare NothingButSkulls and HitlerCam. See also BuriedInAPileOfCorpses.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** One of the chapter title pages depicts [[BloodKnight Nnoitra]] doing this.
** This is how [[spoiler:Unohana first met Kenpachi.]] One of her subordinates thought she had made the mountainous pile while looking for a WorthyOpponent, but she was confused by it. She looked up and an adolescent Kenpachi was crouching on top.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Rob Lucci, who manages this while resolving a situation where a kingdom's entire army were taken hostage. [[TykeBomb When he was]] ''[[TykeBomb thirteen]]''. With the corpses consisting '''[[KnightTemplar of the hostages]]'''.
** Another example occurs when Shiki invades Marineford single-handedly. Garp and Sengoku find him on top of a pile of Marines.
* In ''Manga/{{Jackals}}'', the first image depicting TheHero's mom shows her on top of a pile of corpses with the BFS she passed on to her son.
%%* Done (and subsequently mocked) in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}''.
* For an arguably more family-friendly take, look no further than the oft-parodied pile of mecha from the ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' prologue.
** The video game ''[[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam vs. Gundam]]'' uses this as the VictoryPose at the end of Arcade Mode, with the player's mecha atop the mountain.
* Kitsuchi, the badass general from Iwagakure in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' literally stands on top of a pile of White Zetsu Corpses, choking out the last one. He killed them all himself. [[spoiler:Note that these things are durable enough to take a One-Body Blow from Neji Hyuga, a very strong Jonin, and start regenerating immediately. As well as survive Sakura's SuperStrength--twice.]]
* [[BigBad Amagi]] [[KillAllHumans Miroku]] of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', shortly after his big massacre TV debut, does [[http://www.mangareader.net/346-41896-4/psyren/chapter-99.html this]] after he and his sempai-slash-subordinate Grigori #01 (later known as Commander Grana) take out the Special Defense Force unit sent to hunt them down. [[MagnificentBastard Man always has perfect poise.]]
** P.S.: It's his birthday in the scene linked to above.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Sanosuke Sagara had a moment when he went back to his hometown to check on his family only to find his father in trouble with local gangsters. They sent 200 men to fight him. And [[BadassNormal Sanosuke]] wiped the floor with every single one of them, [[SlasherSmile grinning madly]] all the way as he had needed "stress relief."
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Janus defends Rinslet from a group of 30+ mobsters and is shown afterward sitting on a pile of their mostly unconscious bodies. (A couple are still groaning.)
* The title page of chapter 8 of ''Manga/SandsOfDestruction'' features a silhouette of Taupy standing on a pile of bodies, with a clearer picture of him superimposed on it.
* There's a non-combat variant in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', where [[LoveableSexManiac Panty]] has a habit of sitting on top of piles of [[ReallyGetsAround guys she just screwed.]]

* Creator/FrankFrazetta popularized the trope, regularly portraying heroes such as ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' standing atop pyramid shapes to emphasize their heroic stature. Often the pyramid was composed of slain enemies. The former trope image is but one famous example among dozens.
* Delacroix's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Leading_the_People Liberty Leading the People]]'' famously features this.
* [[Literature/TheBible Samson]] is frequently [[http://www.cts.edu/library/imagelibrary?func=detail&id=642 depicted this way]], after [[DisproportionateRetribution slaying one thousand Philistines]] with the [[ImprobableWeaponUser jawbone of a donkey]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Another one for standing: in the Creator/CarlBarks story "Back to the Klondike," the young [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] defeats everyone in a bar, and [[http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l241/fonkaygarry/Uncle_Scrooge_Adv_26_14.jpg uses their unconscious bodies as a makeshift staircase to reach the balcony.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Kol Skywalker pulled this off [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Legacybattle1.jpg during the the first issue.]]
* Wizard Magazine once did a humorous story on the kill count of Dark Horse's popular characters depicted on top of their own body piles ranging from ComicBook/TheGoon, ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and [[ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo Miyamoto Usagi]] having the largest pile.
** This actually happens with some frequency in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', though it's often due to a camera angle. Almost invariably, they will give off the SpeechBubble for death (a skull of their species).
* The cover of ''Comicbook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'', Frank manages to get some LegCling in [[http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i52/JackSkinnerMorningstar/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher3025.jpg there.]]
* In a segment of ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Art imagines himself drawing the comicbook, while wearing a mouse mask, on top of a pile of anthropomorphic mouse corpses, mirroring his guilt and self-doubt related to the publishing of the first half of the book.
* One cartoon magazine series had the protagonists filming a ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' rip-off, with the hero eventually "knee-deep in the bodies of his slain enemies". A producer comments: "We wanted it to be waist deep, but we couldn't afford enough extras."
* The cover of ''[[http://comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=87748&zoom=4 Superman & Batman: World's Funnest]]'' shows Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk battling each other atop a pile of Supermen & Batmen.
* In a {{Spiderman}} issue the villain ComicBook/{{Carnage}} stands on top of a pile of people he has killed while laughing maniacally.
* In the Archie-published ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'', one of the initial scenes in the Dreamland arc features Raphael in this position...right before acid rain burns his skin off, leaving only a laughing skeleton.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:MarvelUK-205.jpg did this]] during ''[[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Time_Wars Time Wars]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'', the Monkey King beats up the guests at a celestial party and leaves them in a battered pile. He's too pissed to take a VictoryPose, however.
* ComicBook/TheJoker invokes the villainous version of trope in a bizarre way in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' by using a pile of half-broken kewpie dolls and a tilt-a-whirl cart as a throne. While not strictly a pile of dead bodies, it's pretty damn close...
** ...and then the New 52 version decided to top that with a literal throne of human corpses. [[GoOutWithASmile But boy were they smiling.]]
* The [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/gi-joe-1982/95-10.jpg cover]] of Marvel Comics' [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]] #95, the middle issue of the "Snake Eyes Trilogy", has the aforementioned [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie mute ninja commando]] hunched over a pile of slain Cobra Vipers of various types.
* ''Thrud The Barbarian'', a comic strip published in the ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine, once had the eponymous main character creating the pile and posing himself on it (with a woman clutching his leg). So he could have his passport picture taken (erh, painted)...
* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse My Brother, My Enemy]]'' has Janek "Tank" Sunber, one of Luke Skywalker's childhood friends who became an Imperial officer, has [[http://images.plurk.com/1027ba6c3da04605ed2cd287b91a6152.jpg this dream]] about Luke. It's notable that Tank is an infantry officer, the kind who ''doesn't'' see his stormtroopers as FacelessMooks.
* Done by the Saint of Killers in ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'', but since he's invulnerable and his guns cannot miss, run out or be anything other than lethal, the corpses pile up on either side of him, since the BigBad is sending them in to slow him down.
* Comes up in ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'': During her breakout and destruction of the Facility base, ComicBook/{{X 23}} slaughters a dozen or so guards who have her cornered in the room with her incubating clone "sisters." When a straggler rounds the corner, he has an OhCrap moment as Laura glares murder at him while crouching on the heaped bodies of his comrades.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' features this with robot "corpses" after the berserk spa-bot HAN-S is realased on the Steward-bots. Combined with OffhandBackhand.
* In the original version of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', the Mighty One Eye stands on top of the corpses of the king's soldiers near the beginning.
* [[spoiler:Akima]] from ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' does this to their KO'd kidnappers while [[RedundantRescue waiting to be rescued]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Leonidas creates a massive wall to block the Persians with the dead acting as the bricks... and the mortar... and the fill.
** And makes another pile of corpses later. And weaponizes it.
* Gimli the dwarf from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' sat on top of orc #43. It still moved because his ax was lodged in the orc's spine.
** In ''Return of the King'': the Orcs use a BatteringRam against the gates of Gondor. It proves woefully ineffective, and the defenders kill so many Orcs, that they are soon literally running up a pile of Orc corpses to smash the battering ram into the gate. Their commander yells that them for being stupid, and orders a ''much'' larger battering ram to be brought out.
* Meng Yi, one of Creator/JackieChan's characters in the Hong Kong film, ''Film/TheMyth'', does the standing version of this during his YouShallNotPass scene. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he goes beyond his limits before he could kill the last of the attacking rebels and he falls unconscious while standing, allowing one of the remaining rebels to climb up the mountain of corpses and cut off his head]].
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', after River declares that [[YouShallNotPass the Reavers shall not pass]], the rest of the crew is left believing that she is dead... until the doors slide open to show her very much alive, uneaten, unraped, and un-worn-as-clothing, and standing atop a pile of utterly massacred Reavers.
* In ''Film/BladeII'', Novak stands at the top of a staircase that is littered with fallen security guards. Director Guillermo del Toro acknowledges it as an homage to Frazetta in the commentary.
* The poster for the teen comedy ''Film/TheNewGuy'' has the titular character standing atop a pile of [[JerkJock jocks]] and [[TheBully bullies]] with a bunch of hot chicks (two of whom are Creator/ElizaDushku and Creator/ZooeyDeschanel) at his side.
* ''Film/GhostbustersII''. "On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* The at least semi-intelligent monsters in ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' make a large pile of the bodies of the humans they've killed, which is mostly a larder but they also lie on top of it to reinforce how badass they are. (And in a scene which is going to be really hard to deal with in pre-psychotherapy times, they toss the heroine into it while she waits for certain death.)
* The final shot of ''Film/{{Fury 2014}}''.
* ''Film/TheProphecy3TheAscent'': In the climactic fight at the end, Pyriel shows Danyael the mountain of human corpses he plans to leave in his wake as the Angel of Genocide.

* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian''. At almost any point in his life. Ever.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/WindOnFire'' trilogy, the protagonists are fleeing back to their home city and being chased by the Zars, an endless army of beautiful boys and girls who kill anything they come across without the slightest hesitation. When they take out the only way of crossing a chasm, the Zars march off the cliff and fall without even slowing down. Since there's an endless supply of them and they seem to be some kind of HiveMind, they can keep marching until there are so many corpses they can walk across the gap on a mountain of their own dead.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hill of Slain]] from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' (Haudh-en-Ndengin) is [[http://www.tednasmith.com/silmarillion/TN-The_Hill_of_Slain-Web.jpg a literal mountain of corpses]]. Note that this was a mountain of ''good guy'' corpses.
* In one of the Literature/{{Discworld}} books, it's noted that [[TheGrimReaper Death]] met heroes frequently, generally surrounded by, and this was important, the dead bodies of ''very nearly'' all their enemies and saying, "[[FunetikAksent Vot the hell shust happened?]]"
** Its also mentioned in ''Interesting Times''. The Silver Horde are informed that the proper means of conquering the empire is through rivers of blood or over a mountain of skulls. They discuss how in their experience skulls are quite hard to pile up, so they'll need a lot of them. When faced with 100,000-to-1 odds, they remain confident that even after they've gotten tired killing the first few thousand, that the remaining soldiers will be tired too, because by then the soldiers will have to run uphill just to get to them.
* There's a short story by Creator/TimothyZahn and Micheal A. Stackpole where [[Literature/XWingSeries Corran Horn]] works briefly with a disguised [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]], and the subject of art comes up when Corran says the graffiti on walls they're passing isn't [[HoldYourHippogriffs the work of Venthan Chassu]], but it's more interesting than peeling Star Destroyer White. Pressed for his opinion, Corran mentions that he liked the early and middle works by Chassu, but the man's final work, ''Palpatine Triumphant'', was of Palpatine on a throne of mutilated bodies, and in the narration Corran adds that the most disturbing thing about it was the Emperor's expression of homicidal joy. Thrawn dryly says that his loss was a pity, thus implying that Chassu was killed for this depiction.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': A scene in the third book has Roran, characterised up to that point as a BadassNormal, standing atop a pile of 193 dead mooks. All of which he killed himself. He managed to do this since they were funneled into a position where they could only fight him one-to-three at a time.
* The climax of the ''Franchise/{{Warcraft|ExpandedUniverse}}'' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'' series features one. Broxigar pulled this one on the Burning Legion, when he entered their realm [[YouShallNotPass to stop the tide of demons surging through the gateway]]. To say he succeeded is an understatement: he slaughters demons left and right and ends up standing on a pile of their bodies. Broken and battered, he still taunts them to fight him... but the demons simply don't dare to come close to him anymore. It takes Sargaras, the fallen Titan and leader of the Burning Legion, to kill Broxigar, but not before Broxigar [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu manages to wound him]], something no other mortal has ever achieved, before or since.
* In ''Literature/BlueMoonRising'', the last army of the Forest Kingdom slay so many of their demonic attackers that they're shielded, for a time, by the mounded corpses of their enemies. At one point, Rupert climbs over the pile to rush to Julia's assistance.
* John Ringo's ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' books tend to have large fights end in the Mount Corpse scenario. In the first story, the hero (well, protagonist,) Ghost, is fighting off a series of human wave attacks. Between waves, he builds a defensive position out of the bodies of the previous wave. (When the people he's protecting express disgust, he says he doesn't have any sandbags and what do they want him to do?) When help arrives, they note that they can't climb down the stairs to the underground room where Ghost is holed up without standing on bodies two or three deep. Also, the [[spoiler:burial mound of the Keldara]], which is a literal mountain (or at least a respectable hill) of corpses.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{QI}}'' made fun of this Trope in a discussion about prejudice against people over their height, and idle wonderings if short people are more likely to be power-hungry. Stephen Fry then informs the panel that historically, rulers and despots are no more likely to be short than any other figure, and that even Napoleon was of above-average height for his time.
--> '''Sean Locke:''' It's probably the one thing that short people have to cling on to- one day they might be a dictator. Now we've just taken that away from them.
--> '''David Mitchell:''' All this not being able to reach things from shelves one day will be made up for when I kill millions of people. I will stand on their bodies to reach the jam.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] this trope twice.
** In "Teso Dos Bichos", a horde of sewer killer pussy cats were filling an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer with dead bodies but the cats were not seen triumphantly sitting on top of them.
** In "Detour", Mulder and Scully fell into a pit full of dead and injured people that were dragged there by the monsters of the week. They tried to stack them so that they could get out of the pit.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has the Boltons actually invoke this trope as a military strategy during the Battle of the Bastards. [[BadBoss Ramsay]] has his cavalry charge that of the Stark loyalists, and while the two groups are slaughtering each, has his archers keep firing into the mass, killing both [[WeHaveReserves his own men]] and the Starks', until enough are dead that they've created a literal wall of corpses. Then he has his infantry move in and surround the remaining Stark forces, boxing them in between an advancing wall of spears and said wall of corpses (and to make matters worse, his allied infantry is climbing over the wall from the other side). It works horrifically well, only ultimately failing due to [[spoiler:[[TheCavalry the Knights of the Vale]] showing up in time to [[BigDamnHeroes rout the Bolton forces from behind]]]].
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' Bart, [[ImmortalAssassin holistic assassin]], is seen sitting on top of a pile of the Mage's mooks, after last appearing walking calmly towards the army with a chainsaw.

* It occasionally happens on Music/{{Manowar}}'s album covers.
* Music/CannibalCorpse has a song called Rotten Body Landslide about someone being crushed to death in a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin landslide of bodies]] while trying to climb a mountain of corpses.
* Jeremy, the titular protagonist Music/PearlJam's hit 1992 track, is known to brazenly draw himself posing victoriously atop mountains with the corpses of his defeated foes at their foot.
* Lemon Demon's "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" ends like this. The guy on top? [[spoiler:Mr. Rogers]].
* The [[http://img11.nnm.ru/e/f/8/3/1/c92f4da7d0b5be5018e45b15346.jpg cover]] of Samson's Survivors features the band standing atop a pile of corpses which contains numerous famous figures, ranging from Cleopatra to Music/JimiHendrix to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* The title character of "Can't Keep Johnny Down" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants does the PG-13 version of this.

* Myth/CelticMythology: Cú Chullain is said to have killed so many men in one battle that he "built walls from their corpses".

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} The Skull Throne of Khorne]]: An enormous throne of brass upon which Khorne sits, sitting on an ever-growing mountain of warrior's skulls, in the middle of an ever-expanding lake of blood spilled in battle. Both skulls and blood can come from Khorne's enemies or his own champions, for he cares not from where the blood flows, only that it flows.
** And several other, marginally less epic examples as well, in both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In particular, there are several [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/File:Crimson_Fists_Last_Stand.jpg iconic]] [[http://www.toycutter.com/2011/06/crimson-fists-and-troll.html images]] of Crimson Fists {{Space Marine}}s making defiant [[strike:last]] stands from atop a mound of their own battle brothers.
** The iconic full page illustration from the first Dark Eldar codex has a random Dark Eldar warrior standing atop a hill of skulls. The bonus? An attached poem that set the theme for the entire army:
--> ''We are not creatures of shadow'' \\
''But it serves us well'' \\
''As an ally in battle and a refuge for rest.''
** in the table top game many horde armies can end up with a rather impressive "dead pile" at the end of a game even more impressive if things go badly for them
** Some rulebooks, notably ''TabletopGame/BlackCrusade'' specify that this gives the stander a "high ground" bonus in melee combat.
** There's an out-of-print promotional miniature of Literature/CiaphasCain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), atop a colossal pile of the corpses of the assorted enemies of the Imperium... With a ladder at the back, playing off the idea that the InUniverse reason the CoversAlwaysLie is that they're propaganda posters.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' {{Sourcebook}} ''Dragons Revisited'' features a picture of a colossal black dragon crouched atop a pile of corpses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* During the intermission in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'', the hero's caravan is attacked by brigands. Just when you think the game is going to make you fight them, cut to the hero standing atop a pile of brigand and saurus corpses in the victory pose (pictured above).
* The cover of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''.
* Legault of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' claims this is where the assassin Jaffar was found as an infant, sleeping on the corpses of everyone else in his destroyed village.
* In the end of [[http://www.teamfortress.com/classes.php?class=medic#movie Meet the Medic]], [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Medic and Heavy]] are standing atop a hill of Soldier corpses.
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosOrigins'', if you choose to [[spoiler:go back in time to defeat Wiseman]], you find him doing this.
* [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/9/99/OoT_Link_Sheik_Artwork.jpg One of the promotional images]] for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', with Link and Sheik still working to make the pile higher.
* Luca Blight in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'''s opening, while sporting a [[SlasherSmile gigantic, psychotic smile]].
* Seen in the box art of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam - The First Encounter HD''. Also seen one of the cutscenes in VideoGame/SeriousSam II.
* The Flash game ''Body Ladder'' is actually based on this trope - the object of the game is to climb as high as possible on top of the dead bodies of countless enemies as they walk (and later, climb) towards you.
* The final battle of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'''s best ending is fought in a room with a floor made out of hundreds of skeletons.
** Even the ''ceiling'' is made of skeletons.
* Sakura's ending in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter'' showed her future son finding a picture of Sakura standing atop the other characters.
* The Temple of Ormagöden in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''.
* After the second stage of the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' game, Scott and Ramona ''kiss'' atop a mountain of corpses.
* Seath the Scaleless roars on a pile of dragon corpses in the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' intro. Nito, first of the dead, is a pile of corpses.
* In what is probably a ShoutOut to ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', at the end of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Joker is seated on a throne resting on a mound of dismembered manikins.
* The Dreaded Red Arremer is first seen sitting atop a mountain of skulls in ''[[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Ghouls n Ghosts]]'' which it throws at at the player. This is the Red Arremer character's fight intro in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
* [[spoiler:[[BigBad Hades]]]] from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' said he was going to destroy a county or two and invoke this trope before meeting Pit again during their FinalBattle, and laments that he had only gotten a pile started when Pit showed up.
* ''VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}}'' has the final boss fight take place upon a hill of skeletons with a freakish multi-horned demon in the background and the moon appearing after the battle ends, turning red and getting grabbed by a demon's hand.
* The KillerRabbit from ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' starts the battle by landing on top a a massive pile of Northern army corpses. It uses the corpses to its advantage, scattering their weapons when it jumps around and during its TornadoMove.
* ''VideoGame/{{The Battle for Middle Earth}}'' has Azog, lord of Moria, emphasize his superiority by literally stating that "I rule from atop the corpses of the Dead Mountain Kings!".
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'', [[BigBad Hector LeMans]]'s greenhouse is built on top of a huge hill of flowers. In the Land of the Dead where the game takes place, one of the only ways to make someone Deader Than Dead is by using a special chemical that makes flowers grow on their bones.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}},'' Hyraxx de Mofiti does this in one panel, standing on top of a pile of assassins she fought to get to Buck.
** Well, she's a [[spoiler:tabloid reporter]]. People are afraid of her for good reason.
* A man sits atop a pile of defeated zombies in the third volume of ''The Living Dead.''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Belkar Bitterleaf is a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!]] The potential CrowningMomentOfAwesome is then destroyed - because they were easy enough to kill that he made a pile of them, he gets ''nothing'' for it.
** The trope is used practically in another moment - A death knight has his [[{{Mooks}} hobgoblin troops]] [[WeHaveReserves swarm]] Azure City's walls, until they die in such numbers that ''the other troops may walk over their corpses as a ramp to go over the walls''.
* [[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]] makes a pile of the bodies of other superheroes in [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/08/22/the-hills-have-guys/ this comic]] after killing them (though that wasn't actually required). Don't worry, they'll be [[ComicBookDeath back in a month]].
* [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/10/408-resourcefulness/ This]] rather dark ''WebComic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip does something similar to the ''Literature/WindOnFire'' example above.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'''s Aleksai Amigochaz is in this position after clearing the first test of Evankhell's Hell.
* Doctor Bunnigus of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' once mused that when she heard from Schlock again, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-04-17 he'd be calling atop a steaming pile of corpses]]. Much to her chagrin, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-05-14 she was right]]. Though to be fair, Schlock wasn't actually responsible for this particular pile.
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/BasketsOfGuts'' do this on [[CoversAlwaysLie Chapters' covers]] on occasion. [[http://acomics.ru/upload/!c/JoeDuncan/baskets-of-guts/000116-ovd4qrbtf7.jpg One of them]] is also a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The closing shot of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CupN28y-K24 Spatula Madness]]''.
* The flash video [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/showdown The Ultimate Showdown]] ends with [[spoiler:Mr. Rogers]] standing triumphantly atop a pile of corpses brandishing a sword.
* Subverted/inverted/played with in a Flash game (I forget the name) which is basically you facing hordes of men coming at you from both sides of the screen. The bodies never fade and pile on top of each other, and it's soon revealed that it's actually quite hard to make a mountain of corpses that you stand atop of. Standing in one place you find yourself standing in a pit between two WALLS of corpses, with sword-wielding crazies coming on you from above. And if you work to make the hill, the sword-wielding crazies are too low for you to hit. You have to basically make a PLAIN of corpses to survive too long here.
* During the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/doraleous-and-associates/1772-Episode-21-Attack-at-the-Gate fight at the gate]] of the Old World in the Escapist's ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates'' the OldMaster Testecles manages to get quite the impressive kill count, having a literal mountain of bodies.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Brock, during a stay in a LotusEaterMachine.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 TMNT: Back to the Sewer]]'' episode "Identity Crisis", one of the memories that ends up breaking Raph's brainwashing involves Raph doing this [[http://www.4kids.tv/images/uploads/btts_blog_wk07_33.png over a bunch of Foot Ninja]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls'', being the ultra super-powered heroines they are, play the PG-13 example of this trope straight and end up standing atop a mountain of their foes' brutally KO'd bodies at the end of the show's opening.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack often ends up standing atop a mountain of [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman robot corpses]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', when [[NonHumanSidekick Guano]] is asked to [[ASimplePlan draw up a plan to replace Ozu's precious bonzai tree]] he instead draws himself standing on Mikey's and Gonard's bodies while Mitsuki and Lily [[LegCling hang onto his legs]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land" Homer arises on top of a pile of defunct robots he "killed" by taking flash light photographs of them.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode where Fry/Professor/Bender go forward in time, Bender wants to stay in a Terminator-like era and build a home atop a mountain of skulls.
* MickeyMouse at the end of "The Barnyard Battle".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Triple Takeover", Blitzwing defeats several Autobots and makes a throne from their bodies. They are rescued and repaired later.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" when the boys all suddenly become attracted to Bebe because of her budding breasts they revert to a primitive state and attack each other grunting like apes, Stan finds a bone and beats up the rest of the boys with it and he stands on top of their unconscious bodies yelling in triumph.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Cartoon", the intro for the eponymous ShowWithinAShow depicts Lord Hater standing on [[ContinuityCavalcade a pile of assorted, beaten-up hero and villain characters from previous episodes]], with Princess Demurra doing a LegCling.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the Mexican American War there were several reports of corpse walls of Mexican solders forming. One officer even described how they formed. Apparently, the Americans were trained to shoot the enemy only within a certain range and this caused a lot of corpses to start falling in a narrow band. It became harder for the Mexican Soldiers to pass these bands so they became even easier to shoot. This caused little walls of bodies that the Mexicans literally had to climb over only to themselves be shot and add to the wall. Some reports say these grisly barricades were several stories tall and the victorious forces literally had to climb over them to advance.