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->''"A walking skeleton, the basic frame of the human body, can inspire more fear in the common man than an excessively armed soldier or knight."''
-->-- '''Jacob Deegan''', ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''

[[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Animate beings constructed from ossific material in their entirety]] are a very common form of TheUndead in video games, but much rarer in other media, to the point where, as an object of fear, they have become slightly {{camp}}. They're a cousin to the [[ZombieApocalypse Zombie]] in spirit, but remain explicitly separated in the public consciousness by the lack of muscles and other juicy bits. A likely explanation for their [[TheDeadHaveEyes ability to see and hear]] and indeed their status as {{Perpetual Motion Monster}}s is a {{necromancer}} used FunctionalMagic to raise and operate them. Thus, this creature is firmly an inhabitant of {{Fantasy}} works. You might know them as skeletons. [[JustForFun/TvTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary We call 'em "Dem Bones".]]

There are human, [[NonHumanUndead non-human]], and [[OurMonstersAreWeird weirder]] variants, and in 99% of their appearances, they're enemy {{Mooks}}. Their prevalence in {{RPG}}s is owed to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', which established them as the slaves of [[{{necromancer}} necromancers]]. When they aren't Mooks, they're usually [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], which are much nastier, because they tend to be powerful mages. Skeletal spellcasters who are '''not''' liches are rare, but not nonexistent.

Often enough, Dem Bones are reused in the same game ''à la'' UndergroundMonkey. Expect, in the spirit of a Zombie Minotaur, to find [[HybridMonster double-category monsters]], like a skeletal [[FossilRevival mammoth]] or [[{{Dracolich}} dragon]]. Many games have even tougher skeletons that are [[PaletteSwap colored red]]. [[FridgeBrilliance This could be because the red ones are a little more skilled and covered in the blood of hapless adventurers who couldn't best them.]]

A prominent variation is a being composed of [[NothingButSkulls just a skull without a body]]. In this case, their ability to attack may be a simple bite, or through magic spells. They may or may not also have the power to defy gravity to compensate for the lack of legs. As trope examples indicate, there are a noticeably greater number of friendly talking skulls compared to the rare friendly skeleton.

In video games, skeletal foes will often [[BallisticBone attack by throwing bones]]. One cannot help but wonder where they get ''[[{{Pun}} dem]]'' [[{{Pun}} bones]] from. Some versions are difficult to harm with ordinary swords or arrows, but can be dealt with using blunt weapons or magic. But be warned: [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration many have the ability]] to [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull themselves back together]] after you knock them apart.

In UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}, Dem Bones are called ''{{Calacas}}'' and are associated with the Day of the Dead holiday much the same way bunnies are associated with Easter, making them less common as stock spooky elements (they tend to be more comedic). It helps that said calacas are made of sugar and chocolate.

See also SkullForAHead, {{Calacas}}, and StrippedToTheBone. May or may not be [[TheDeadCanDance prone to dancing]]. A unique example is TheGrimReaper, so ubiquitous it's its own trope.

Not to be confused with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Bones McCoy]], who has [[TheMcCoy his own trope]] too. Also not to be confused with the Music/AliceInChains song "Them Bones", the rap group Music/BoneThugsNHarmony, the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Gamestop Preorder map or ''Series/{{Bones}}''--the series or its eponymously nicknamed protagonist. See also BadWithTheBone if bones are used as {{Improvised Weapon}}s, and BallisticBone if they're used as AbnormalAmmo.

If the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot skeleton is really a robot]], see SkeleBot9000.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Used by a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Faust VII]] in ''Manga/ShamanKing'', quite drastically - in his fight against the main character, he insisted it be held on a Western (Christian) graveyard, where the dead were not cremated, so he could use their skeletons to launch a mass attack at our protagonist. On top of it, he carried his deceased wife's skeleton under his clothes and used it as a secret weapon.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': In the Thriller Bark arc, the Straw Hats meet Brook, who's eaten a Devil Fruit that lets him come back to life once. But due to the fog in the area he was in, he got lost on his way back to his mortal body. By the time he found it, it was nothing but bones. Although initially freaked out by his own appearance, he eventually adapted and grew a habit of making {{pun}}s about it. Constantly. He also came to discover that [[CursedWithAwesome being a skeleton has surprising advantages over being made of flesh]], such as making him a lot faster and lighter. He eventually joins the crew as their musician and second swordsman.
* Dokuro Skull of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is this after having cast away her flesh to create New Hell.
* Morborgran of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the massive, MultiArmedAndDangerous, skeletal demon member of the Canis Niger bounty hunters in the Magic World. He's actually a pretty friendly guy, though with a bit of a complex about his appearance.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Barragan Luisenbarn turns into a skeleton dressed in a crown and robes upon releasing his zanpakuto. This is to symbolize [[spoiler: his power over old age and decay, which lets him rot ''other'' people into skeletons. The dead kind.]]
* Shiro from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. His true form, though, is a {{bishonen}}.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': In episode 2 of the Black Swordsman Arc, "The Brand", the evil spirits attracted to Guts' [[MagneticPlotDevice Brand Of Sacrifice]] possess the skeletal corpses of warriors who died at an old battlefield and use them to attack. The Skull Knight also appears to be an armor-wearing undead skeleton, although since he is the most powerful known being opposing the Godhand, he is actually the closest thing the series has to a BigGood.
* Horrorman and Horako from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}''. Horrorman's a pretty nice guy (at least, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor when he's on the heroes' side]]) and Horako's a sweet little girl...even though her imagination has a tendency to go over the top [[spoiler:and she's actually a sea princess]].
* Admiral Perry, the BigBad of ''Anime/SpaceDandy''. He first appears as a flaming skull with a body composed of stars, though later episodes show that he has bony arms as well.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'' Ryuji Otogi used a few skeletal monsters in his ''Dungeon Dice Monsters'' game, including [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_13th_Buried The 13th Grave]] and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Assailant Dark Assailant]]. (Unfortunately, the card game equivalents of these cards are pretty bad.)
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', our ''main character'' is a skeleton - a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]], to be more exact. Well, to be even more exact, he is a regular guy permanently stuck in the body and world of his video game character, but that's beside the point.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Skullgreymon is giant, freakily shaped dinosaur's skeleton that launches fish-looking rockets from its back. Skullgreymon is one of Greymon's evolutions and it returns in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''.
* Horohoro from ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' episode "The Skeleton's Song"; after having his heart broken by the woman he was in love with, he slowly lost one part of his body every time she betrayed him until he was reduced to a living skeleton with a hole in place of his ribcage.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', skeletons are closely tied to the "regenerate" mechanic. Most [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=t%3Askeleton&v=scan&s=cname creatures with the Skeleton creature type]] have an ability that allows them to keep fighting after they've been destroyed, a tradition that began in the very first expansion with [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/15.html Drudge Skeletons]]. (Ordinary undead minions that don't regenerate are typically classified as regular Zombies instead.)
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', there is the Wight archetype. Originally, this was nothing more than [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Skull_Servant Skull Servant]], a JokeItem at best, as it was weak and had no real function (aside from a few Fusion Monsters who were equally bad) but eventually, cards were introduced to make it playable, like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/King_of_the_Skull_Servants King of the Skull Servants]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Lady_in_Wight The Lady in Wight]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Wightmare Wightmare]], and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Wightprince Wightprince]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one crossover, ComicBook/SavageDragon and ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} fought the undead skeletons of pirates while inside of a giant sea monster.
* Mr. Bones, a man whose body is invisible except for his skeleton, has been a recurring ''ComicBook/InfinityInc'' villain, before his HeelFaceTurn, at which time he briefly joined Infinity Inc. Currently he's the morally grey Director of the [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Department of Extranormal Operations]].
* Similarly to Mr. Bones, ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' had a minor villain named Charlie Bones, a gangster with invisible flesh who was supposedly the first villain Tom fought after coming to the USA.
* In DC's ComicBook/BlackestNight event, black power rings re-animate dead characters, typically making them look like slightly-decayed versions of their former selves. The body of Boston Brand, aka ''Deadman'', however, had been dead so long that his Black Lantern version is little more than a skeleton with a black version of his costume stretched over it.
** In some stories (most notably, ComicBook/KingdomCome), Deadman's ghostly form also appears significantly more skeletal than usual.
* In ''ComicBook/PrettyDeadly'', the entire story is being narrated by Bones Bunny, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a skeletal bunny]]. In addition, Death is a skeleton (not with a human skull, but rather an animal one).
* Fairly common in pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]] horror, to the point where David Hajdu's ''The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!'' contains an entire essay on their usage and associated tropes. Hajdu's observation is that they typically appear to avenge their own deaths with as much poetic justice as possible.
-->''Unlike the zombie, skeletons are neither "natural" (staggering like a living person) nor "unnatural" (staggering despite mortal wounds), but are abstractions from a body. They are, in fact, traditional allegorical images -- from the medieval memento mori. They are symbols sprung to life and strangely able to manipulate the material world. The uncanniness of the skeleton in this regard is not to be underestimated.''
* ''ComicBook/PierreTombal'': In this BlackComedy comic book about a gravedigger at his local cemetery all dead bodies are living skeletons who spent their afterlife on the cemetery and are treated as residents. Usually they spent their activities underground.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', [[spoiler:the Seconds restaurant employs some walking, talking skeletons when reality starts to break apart]].
* In the AlternateHistory of ''ComicBook/TheManhattanProjects'', the FreakLabAccident that killed physicist Harry Daghlian in our timeline instead turned him into [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy an irradiated skeleton stuck in a radiation suit]]. [[spoiler: It also wasn't an accident.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Key antagonists in the battle on the Plains of Death in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Paul loves them because destroying them doesn't compromise his [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifism]].
* ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'' has the skeletons on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which come to life and attack the heroes.
* The ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurphony Of The Night" has Empath and Smurfette dealing with an army of Smurf skeletons brought to life in order to stop them from escaping Castle Smurfenstein.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Jack Skellington, of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' is, well, [[MeaningfulName a skeleton]]. He's the hero, so that's OK.
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''. The inhabitants of the Underworld are either zombie-like or skeletal. Not that that makes them any less fun to hang around.
* The Cauldron Born in ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. In the book, they were more like zombie bodybuilders.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'': A talking, ''wise-cracking'' skeleton appears.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', both La Muerte and the Spirits of the Dead are based on ''calacas'', skeleton figures which are decorated on The Day of the Dead, specifically the ones made out of candy. In particular, La Muerte’s overall design in particular is inspired by the iconic ''La Calavera Catrina'' of Mexican culture.
* Similarly, in ''{{WesternAnimation/Coco}},'' the inhabitants of the Land of the Dead are walking, talking, clothed skeletons with colorful facial markings like those found on sugar skulls. They can detach their bones from their bodies with no ill effects and their body parts can move independently even when not attached to their bodies.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when one of the skeletons is allergic to the protagonist's Mexican Hairless Dog:
-->'''Miguel''': But he doesn't have any hair!
-->'''Skeleton''': And I don't have a nose, and yet here we are. *sneezes*
* A Gashadokuro appears in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''. It guards the Sword Unbreakable, [[spoiler: which is embedded in his skull, along with [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles dozens of regular swords]]. Removing it causes the Gashadokuro to fall apart.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Extraordinarily common in early cinema. Sprightly, dancing and otherwise animated skeletons appear with great regularity in the trick films of Georges Méliès and his contemporaries.
* In a memorable film example, Creator/RayHarryhausen's animated skeletons make up half of a ChromaKey battle scene in ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'', after they sprout from the earth where hydra teeth are sown. However in the original myths, they were instead flesh-and-blood warriors called ''[[http://www.theoi.com/Gigante/Spartoi.html spartoi]]''.
* ''Film/The7thVoyageOfSinbad''. The Skeleton was later re-used in ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts''
* The film ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' has this. Of course, since it's an AffectionateParody of cheesy movies from TheFifties, there's probably a number of straight examples from that era that [[WeirdAlEffect no one really remembers.]]
* Most of the "Deadite" army in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''.
* The skeleton warriors from ''Film/SpyKids II'', a deliberate {{homage}} to the Harryhausen example above.
* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' features a brief but memorable scene where a reanimated skeleton rises from a grave. It's never seen again after that. There is also Tarman, a prominently-featured zombie so decayed he's a skeleton held together with rotting tissue; unlike the skeleton, Tarman shows up in movie after movie.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', the crew of the Black Pearl are revealed as being skeletons when exposed to moonlight, primarily to provide the most contrast from their normal appearance as ordinary (but immortal) people.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' features a skeletal T-rex.
* Such a skeleton appears at the climax of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''. It's less elaborate than the above examples though, which is ultimately justified because [[spoiler: it's a ScoobyDooHoax, operated by Creator/VincentPrice's character]]. In theaters, it was originally set up to have a plastic skeleton on wires fly over the audience, but it posed a tempting target to kids with slingshots and other projectiles.
* Parodied in ''Film/ScaryMovie2'', when Cindy is being chased by a skeleton, only to be reprimanded by Brenda for being afraid of a skeleton. To illustrate her point, Brenda pulls the skeleton apart and reassembles him badly.
* Many of the zombies in ''Film/TheHauntedMansion''
* The ghostly skeletal army in Creator/PeterJackson's ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return Of The King]]''.
* An army of skeletons appears at the end of big budget porno film ''Pirates XXX''.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', Freddy's bones come to life when the characters try to give him a proper burial.
* At the beginning of ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', one of the bad guys gets killed by a skeleton that comes to life and chokes him.
* Film/TheThreeStooges encounter one of these in ''The Ghost Talks''.
* ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello in the Foreign Legion'' has Lou hallucinating a talking skeleton while in the desert.
* The Creator/TimBurton adapatation of ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'' contains a scene featuring re-animated skeletons, in a {{homage}} to the works of Creator/RayHarryhausen, particularly ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts''.
** In general, the work of Tim Burton is often full of skeletal characters, which is highly unsurprising considering the majority of his work is heavily inspired by GothicHorror and GermanExpressionism. A few stand-out examples include the charred ghost [[DeathByIrony of a man who died in a house fire caused by his own smoking addiction]] in ''{{Film/Beetlejuice}}'', and the [[SkullForAHead skull-headed]] HeadlessHorseman in ''Film/SleepyHollow1999''.
* In ''Film/TheMummy2017'', the titular {{Mummy}}, Princess Ahmanet, turns her victims into her skeletal followers with a KissOfDeath.

[[folder:Fine Art]]
* Medieval and early Renaissance artwork often featured images of skeletons dancing with the living, known as a ''danse macabre'' or "the triumph of death". Belgian painter Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder painted [[http://mikemonaco.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/bruegel-triumph-of-death-supersize.jpg a landscape]] with an army of skeletons attacking a country village.
* José Guadalupe Posadas is the man who started the "calavera" trend in Mexico. What is often confused by people as Dia de los Muertos symbolism is actually a harsh social critique against the higher social classes that seem to not realize that they're going to die. Eventually this art form evolved and merged with Dia de los Muertos itself, portraying more than just rich skulls but also every Mexican out there.

* A skeleton walks into a bar and says "Give me a beer — and a mop."

* The Osteomechs from ''Dark World Detective''. They use advanced computers stored in their skulls and micro tractor/pressor beams as muscles. Strong as hell, but very light.
* In the first installment of ''Literature/SamhainIsland'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: Vanessa Vargas]] is a skeleton, more specifically the esteemed Santa Muerte.
* There's a "very old zombie" in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' who is basically a skeleton. Additionally, Death uses a living horse because he hates having to keep wiring the skeletal one together.
** Not to mention, Death (and by extension, the Death of Rats) is a skeleton. Thankfully, [[DontFearTheReaper he's a pretty nice chap.]]
** And now there's Charlie, the Department of Necr- Post-Mortem Communications' resident skeleton, who's been there "forever".
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', the New Death rides a skeletal horse. After Bill Door defeats this upstart and reclaims his position as Death, Miss Flitworth decides to keep it, because any hay it "eats" just falls through its ribs to the stable floor, making it cheap to feed.
* The Creator/AndreNorton novel ''Quag Keep'', which was based on Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons.
* The eponymous character of Creator/BruceCoville's "YoungAdult" novel ''Literature/TheSkullOfTruth'' is completely immobile, but telepathic. He's also Yorick from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. For real, yo.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is borderline - there's Bob the Skull, a spirit who lives inside a skull, but it is merely a casing, and Bob leaves it when he needs mobility. When a [[spoiler: Tyrannosaurus Rex]] skeleton was reanimated in book 7 "Dead Beat"; the higher quality a reanimated being, the more life-like they appear. (broadly)
* The titular character of the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' books is a centuries old living skeleton. The secondary protagonist, when being introduced to the supernatural for the first time, actually points out that he has no muscles to move with or lungs to speak with and asks how he works. He is rather disgruntled and gives the simple answer [[AWizardDidIt "it's magic".]] Later on, she wonders if he can whistle without lungs (he can).
* There are living skeletons in ''Literature/{{Xanth}}''. Some are the spirits of people who starved to death while their minds were trapped in the Gourd Realm. Others are their descendants. All of them need to acquire a part of a soul to spend much time in Xanth proper.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''The Killing Ground'', Togandais has an animated skull -- with glowing eyes -- bringing him books in the library.
* A number of animated skeletons, including a skeletal ''dragon'', appear in ''Pillars of Pentagarn'', the first D&D-based ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book.
* In the first ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' book, one of Maleficent's tricks is bringing the fake T-Rex fossil at ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Big Thunder Mountain Railroad]]'' to life in an attempt to do away with [[TheHero Finn]] and [[TheSmartGuy Philby]].
* The Boneys in ''Literature/WarmBodies'' are zombie skeletons.
* Inverted in the Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser stories: "Lankhmar Ghouls" are perfectly normal, living, breathing humanoids who just happen to have invisible body tissues--except for their bones.
* ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' has Honorius, a powerful and [[AxCrazy murderously insane]] [[{{Djinn}} Afrit]]. [[spoiler:Instead of manifesting himself in a physical form like most magical creatures, Honorius' essence is instead infused into the skeleton of the long-dead magician president Gladstone. He basically acts as a "living" security system against people trying to pilfer the mage's tomb, who open it up only to see the skeleton spring up and brutally obliterate them.]]
* One of the most infamous monsters encountered by Sun Wukong and company in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' was the White Bone Demon, a living skeleton creature who impersonates innocent humans. Wukong sees through each disguise easily thanks to his powers, but Xuanzang is fooled and eventually banishes Wukong after one too many "innocents" are killed.
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': The walls at the convent of Umbhra’ibaye are strung with bones who are issusha’im: women who’ve been stripped of their flesh but kept alive, with charms carved on the bones. This somehow gives them the power to see through time, seeing multiple possible futures as well as (maddeningly) the lives that they might have lived if they hadn’t been turned into issusha’im. The Payshmura use the issusha’im’s soothsaying to avert future events that they don’t want. It’s a FateWorseThanDeath, but at least it’s possible for them to take on flesh again, which is a considerable improvement, if they escape Umbhra’ibaye. Ji, a talking dog, is an issusha who took the body of a dog and is now a leader of the Fai’daum. She’s centuries old and has very powerful magic as well as soothsaying abilities. [[spoiler:Laurie was taken partway through the issusha-making process and they used the blood of her own baby to create the enchantment. She’s now part-flesh, part-walking skeleton. Understandably mentally unstable, she’s been using those enchantments herself, but only managing to create "hungry bones", monstrosities patched together from human and animal bones which thirst for blood.]]
* The MagicRealism mystery novel ''A Skeleton In The Family'' by Leigh Perry focused on Dr. Georgia Thackery, an adjunct college professor and single mother whose best friend is a talking skeleton named Sid. Georgia met Sid in a carnival haunted house when she was six years old, where he'd been used as a decoration. Sid fully came back to life when he saved Georgia from getting molested during a blackout, after which he showed up at her parents' home two weeks later and had been living with them ever since. The novel kicks off with Georgia taking her teenage daughter to a local anime convention, and sneaks Sid in wearing a costume. Sid, however, is shocked when he somehow recognizes a woman at the convention, so he and Georgia set out to discover more about the person Sid saw and her connection to who Sid was before he was killed.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': There are many skeletons in the sewers beneath Roalt and they are animated by a combination of ambient mana and lingering spiritual power. Dengel suggests that they are the remains of past adventurers, and stupid people on dares. Eric has to blow them up to stop them.
* The hermit's ghost in "Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In one episode the Goodies are operating their own hospital. [[MadDoctor Graham]] gets a patient to step behind an X-Ray screen, which naturally displays his skeleton. The skeleton then walks out from the other side of the screen, causing Graham to flee in terror (this scene is included in TitleSequence).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Tabula Rasa". A spell causes the Scooby Gang to lose their memories. Anya begins to try various spells in the hopes of reversing it, at one point conjuring up a skeletal swordsman which Giles fences with, all while shouting at Anya to 'try another book'.
** In "Gone" after Buffy reveals to her friends that she's been turned invisible, she picks up a skull and works the jaw to mimic what she's saying.
* In the fourth season finale of ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'', The Children, the Wights that attack [[spoiler: Bran & his party beyond the Wall]] have only their bones left.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode "The Tears of Uther Pendragon", [[spoiler: Morgana]] raises skeleton warriors to fight Arthur and the Knights of Camelot, who are already in battle against (human) invading forces.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Season 1 gives us Bones, who was the first monster the Rangers fought. Season 3 gives us Rita Repulsa's halfwit brother Rito Revolto[[note]]One might say, [[IncrediblyLamePun he was a real]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun bonehead]]''.[[/note]], who's based on Gasha Dokuro from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', who's in turn based on an actual creature in Japanese folklore described in the Mythology and Religion folder.
* Erm....does [[Series/TheLateLateShow Geoff Peterson]] count?
* Pierce hallucinates these during a MushroomSamba in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics Introduction to Statistics]]".
-->'''Pierce:''' "Those floating Mexican skeletons are right! My life is over!"\\
'''Jeff:''' "Well, when we go to floating skeletons with our problems, we get what we pay for, don't we?"
* Bonapart the skeleton from ''Owl/TV''.
* Zelda from the original ''Series/{{Svengoolie}}'' and Zalman T. Tombstone in ''Son of Svengoolie''. Both are floating skulls. Zelda had EightiesHair (despite being from the early 1970s).
* For Halloween in 2006, ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night with Conan O'Brien]]'' broadcast an already-aired episode in 'skelevision', with Conan, the band, the guests and ''the audience'' all appearing as skeletons operated by puppeteers.
* ''Series/InLivingColor''. Creator/JimCarrey riffs how the cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' are getting too old for the movies. Captain Kirk calls for Bones to come to the bridge, only to find he really lives up to his name this time.
-->'''Skeleton in a wheelchair:''' Dammit Jim, [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a corpse not a doctor!]]
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the monster for the horror movie being filmed is a skeleton in a suit holding a fraternity paddle surrounded by a chainsaw blade.
* ''Series/AllThat'' had Dead Spice in the "Spice Boys" skits. He was literally just a skeleton in clothing that never did or said anything, although he does move his arms a few times and it's implied he really is alive. At one point the fans are happy when they manage to steal one of his arms.
* One of Creator/JeffDunham's more popular characters is Achmed the Dead Terrorist, an incompetent terrorist who [[HoistByHisOwnPetard was blown up by his own bomb]]. This reduced him to little more than a cranky, complaining skeleton, with his only surviving human features being [[EyesAreUnbreakable angry yellow eyes]], BigOlEyebrows, a scraggly goatee, and a disheveled turban.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' had a MonsterOfTheWeek named Seabozu, a skeletal dinosaur-like creature that accidentally ended up on Earth when a rocket passing through the [[PhantomZone Monster Graveyard]] brought it back. Unlike most, it was completely harmless as it only sought to return to its grave and eternal rest, so Science Patrol had to help it get back into space.
** ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' had Stegon, the animated skeleton of a sauropod-like kaiju from the Mesozoic that went on a rampage after its grave was disturbed by construction workers.
** Mudon from ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' was an animated dinosaur skeleton that sought to reunite with its lost child after millions of years of separation.

* Music/{{Alice in Chains}}'s song "Them Bones".
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s mascot Vic Rattlehead is a skeleton who sees no evil (blindfolded), hears no evil (ears are closed with metal caps) and speaks no evil (mouth clamped shut).
* The TropeNamer is the spiritual song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_bones "Dem Bones."]]
* Chiodos' ''Bone Palace Ballet'' (and the [[UpdatedRerelease subsequent re-release]] ''[[UpdatedRerelease The Grand Coda]]'') features two of these on the cover.
* Camille Saint Saens' well-known ''Danse Macabre'' (1874), a symphonic poem describing skeletons rising from their tomb to dance. Notable for having introduced the xylophone in European Music, to imitate the rattling of the bones.
* The song "Spooky Scary Skeletons" by Music/AndrewGold, [[WatchItForTheMeme best known for its association with the "2spooky" meme]], is about how the eponymous skeletons will torment you. The song is a very good example of the [[DeadHorseTrope erosion]] of the skeleton as a source of horror.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FufL80hJsP8 Bones]]" by Music/TheKillers.
* Let's not forget {{Creature Feature}}'s song in American Gothic called 'Dem Bones' - no, it is not a joke.
* One interpretation of "Where Your Eyes Don't Go" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants is that it refers to ''your'' skeleton.
* The children's song "Ghost of John" describes the titular ghost as a skeleton: "Long white bones with the skin all gone."
* ''Pet Sematary'' by Music/TheRamones mentions dancing skeletons and rattling bones as some of the many graveyard horrors the singer wishes to avoid becoming.

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* Literature/TheBible had the story of Ezekiel and the [[CavalryOfTheDead Valley of the Dry Bones that came to life]] and inspired the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] "Dry Bones"/"Dem Bones" song. The trope-naming song is based on a Biblical incident involving Ezekiel, who was told by God to create an army of these things with a prophecy. The Bible is surprisingly metal, in places. It should be noted that the bones are immediately [[MassResurrection given flesh and souls]] during their resurrections, [[UnbuiltTrope instead of being a literal skeleton army]] like [[Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts those]] created by Creator/RayHarryhausen.
* The Gashadokuro from Myth/JapaneseMythology is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a super sized version of this]]. This monster is created from collecting the skeletons of people who have died ''en masse'' without getting a proper burial (usually from famine, disease, or warfare). It is known to bite the heads off humans it encounters and to be forewarned of by a ringing in the ears. They often grow up to 15 times larger than a man.
** The Hone-onna[[note]]literally "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bone Woman]]"[[/note]] creates a look of a beautiful woman, based on how she looked when she was alive, to [[TheVamp get close to her chosen lover]] and [[LifeDrain drain him of life]] so they can be together forever. The problem is [[GlamourFailure it only works on him]] and everyone else sees a man [[{{Squick}} flirting and caressing a rotting corpse]].
** Another skeleton {{youkai}} is the Kyokotsu, a spectral skeleton formed from the spirits of those whose remains were simply thrown into wells instead of receiving a proper burial or committed suicide by throwing themselves into a well. They like to leap out of wells to scare people or place curses on them.
** The Bakekujira is the animated skeleton of a ''[[NonHumanUndead whale]]'' feared as a harbinger of disaster for coastal villages, forever seeking vengeance against the humans that killed it.
* The Pakahk from Cree mythology, similar to the Gashadokuro, are the animate bones of people who died from starvation. They have a chilling cackle, but sometimes they will help people with healing or hunting.
* The Pauguk from Ojibway mythology, is a phantom with a skeletal appearance and eye sockets filled with balls of fire. It hunts people, often warriors, with invisible arrows or clubs.

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* In ''TheBlackParade'', the eponymous parade contains some of these among their number.

* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/ScaredStiff'' has the "Boney Beast", a gigantic skeletal serpent that resides in the house of Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark.
-->'''Elvira:''' "This thing is huge... and ''ribbed!''"
* The WizardMode of ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights'' begins by having the player fight through several skeletal warriors before facing the evil genie of the game.
* Skull the Bone Head in ''[[Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports No Fear: Dangerous Sports]]'', though his attacks are strictly verbal.
* ''VideoGame/CrueBall'' has the Bad Bones, legless Skeletons that wander the playfield.
* In ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinballCreepNight 3-D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night]]'', the player must hit various animated skeletons to return them to their dungeon cells.
* ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' is all about an army of animated skeletons attacking the city of Chicago, and the [[{{Expy}} oddly familiar]] [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} proton-beam-firing heroes]] who must stop them.
* In ''VideoGame/PinballQuest,'' the main enemies of the first table are a set of animated skeletons.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': A variety of skeletons exist, displaying different levels of power and intelligence. They're usually the result of spellcasters using necromancy, but a few have been known to spontaneously awaken in places of evil. Usually. Of course, there are also liches and their variants (archlich, baelnorn, banelich, master lich).
** Taken UpToEleven by the dracolich (also being the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] of {{Dracolich}}), an undead evil dragon that has combines the powers of a dragon ''and'' a lich. While their description does not specifically say they ''have'' to be skeletal, most are depicted as such.
** While most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings are full of undead, ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' are especially fond of this theme and has the remarkable collection of unusual bones. For example, there lived--until she tried to raid a big temple of the god of wizardry, that is--Tashara of the Seven Skulls who seduced and tricked into becoming spellcasting flying skulls ([[MoreThanMindControl under her control]]) 7 archmages, one after another. There's even [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Skullport one city]] ''openly ruled by'' floating skulls (no, ''not'' Tashara's seven). Realms also are the origin of both baelnorn and banelich.
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting's "evil, schmevil" attitude (the setting subverts the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope ''hard'') means that a nation like Karrnath can have a ''significant portion of their army'' composed entirely of skeletons, and nobody thinks any differently about them because of it.
** Apart from the lich, ''D&D'' featured many other skeletal sentient undead, like the [[http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/dreo/20071003a Death Knight]] (skeletal warrior), the Huecuva (skeletal divine spellcaster), or skeletal Ancient Dead (variant of the {{Mummy}} from the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting).
** It should also be noted that, in 3rd edition anyway, just about ''anything'' with bones that isn't already dead can be turned into Dem Bones through application of the Skeleton template. This includes everything from normal humanoids, to dragons, to bizarre aberrations with bone structures such have never been seen by mortal eyes.
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting has "mimirs"; recording devices shaped like metallic skulls. The inspiration for Morte, below.
** The original ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' products had a number of variants of this trope, such as archer skeletons whose ammo turns into more skeletons, or giant skeletons (enlarged human bones) that toss fireballs from the green flames ablaze inside their ribcages. Arthaus's ''Van Richten's Guide to the Walking Dead'' has guidelines for customizing the Obedient Dead with all sorts of creepy abilities.
** The Demilich is a lich who had decided to leave his/her phylactery and use astral projection to learn from other realms. All that's left is a weathered skull or skeletal hand that skill can dish out a world of hurt by [[YourSoulIsMine sucking the souls of anyone who bothers them]] or summoning Demiliches, six inch tall/long magic roaches with SkullForAHead. By the thousands.
* Skeletons are the basic grunt troops of the undead armies in the wargame/[[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''; serving the factions of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire Counts]] and [[{{Mummy}} Tomb Kings]].
** To specify. The Vampire Counts use Dem Bones as expendable meat(bone?)shields, and that would be about it. The Tomb Kings are an army of nothing but skeletons, with some mummies, animated statues and ancient, immortal priests to taste.
* ''TabletopGame/KingsOfWar'' uses skeletons in much the same role, in much the same army, alongside the slightly less expendable, slightly better-dressed skeletons known as Revenants.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** Floating servo-skulls -- although they're robotic rather than undead.
** Not to mention the Necrons. No really, don't mention them, they aren't this trope. They are [[SkeleBot9000 robots shaped like skeletons]] that function as [[SoulJar Soul Jars]] for an ancient alien race.
* In ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'', skeletons are one of the basic undead troop types - they move faster than zombies, but do less damage and are less capable of absorbing damage.
* Skeletons serve as mooks in ''TabletopGame/MazesAndMinotaurs''.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has these as a variation on the standard AnimateDead spell. The corpse's connective tissue and some of its flesh is transmuted into razor-edged metal plated around the bones (giving it damage resistance and a better attack) and it rips its way out of the rest of the flesh. It was invented by a member of a BlackMetal band whose bandmates promptly declared the spell to be metal as hell.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ_qJ7esLZo Rattle Me Bones]]'', a game where you must remove accessories from a pirate's skeleton in a way that doesn't move its limbs too much, otherwise he'll '''RATTLE AND SHAKE!'''

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* These are seen in several of these at attractions in Ride/DisneyThemeParks, including in ''[[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]]'', ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'', and ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide''. More cheerful versions are in the Mexico pavilion at EPCOT.
** The skeletons in the original ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' at Disneyland were real (arguably adding to their creepiness if you knew this), as replica skeletons at the time were not advanced enough to look realistic and old. They were obtained from a medical center and later received burials, with replicas taking their place in the ride.

* ''Toys/{{Revoltech}}'' once made the action figures of Skeleton Warrior from ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'', the Revoltect joints on them are perfect for making stop motion movie, exactly what Creator/RayHarryhausen made. ItMakesSenseInContext, certainly.
** Speaking of Revoltech, the Takeya series also has Japanese skeleton and its brother, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Skeleton Samurai]].
* ''Pose Skeleton'' created by Re-Ment is a series of miniature skeletons along with various accessories, they're far smaller than Revolectech Skeletons, however they're as flexible as the latter, capable of wielding LEGO weapons and they're so lightweighted that they can be lifted by ''Toys/{{Figma}}'' at ease.
* ''Franchise/{{LEGO}}'' features skeleton minifigures in various series, primarily in ''LEGO Castle'', ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings LEGO The Lord of the Rings]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}''.
* ''Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.'' [[note]][[FunWithAcronyms Highly Articulated Character Kit System]][[/note]] series created by Boss Fight Studio features several skeletons warrior figures with Greek motif.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonsWake'' has numerous skeletal enemies, including [[spoiler: the final boss]].
* Morte, your first ally in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', is a wise-cracking, floating skull. Inexplicably, he has unrotted eyes in his sockets, no doubt preserved through his sheer will to roll them at every opportunity.
** Being based on a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting with a heavy emphasis on death and unlife, the standard Dem Bones from the source material also exist in the game. As the necromantic Dustmen repair the bodies of decaying zombie slaves, eventually they are reduced to Dem Bones, held together with iron and leather.
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty 3'' offers these in their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRG7OsR8iuc RPG segment]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', one of the early LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters you can meet is the disembodied skull of a clown looking for the rest of his body parts. Naturally, he asks you to help him find them all. He appears to have been getting around until then by hopping with his jaw. Later, you get to meet his family, who has been wondering what happened to him.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has both the floating skulls - Bubbles - and skeleton swordsmen - Stalfos - as common monsters. The dungeon boss Stallord from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is a gigantic, non-human example.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' had endlessly spawning Stalchildren that appeared in Hyrule Field at night, which grew larger the more of them you defeated.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', which featured skeleton pirates who were ''good guys''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' had the boss Skeldrich, which was basically a giant humanoid skull with an absurdly long neck.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives us Staldra - three-headed reptilian monstrosities from a bygone age whose heads must be destroyed simultaneously - and the Stalmaster - a four-armed and fully equipped Stalfos - in addition to regular Stalfos. The latter two [[DemonicSpiders do not screw around]].
** Interestingly, Stalfos show up in practically every Zelda game, except for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', although you do fight skeleton solider mini-bosses that are practically Stalfos in all but name.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', skeletal versions of Bokoblins, Moblins, and Lizalfos can pop out of the ground at random much like the Stalchildren from ''Ocarina of Time'', while the Stalnox, a skeletal Hinox, can be found as a boss monster. There's also the Stalhorse, which you can ride at night but which disintegrates like the other Stal creatures at sunrise.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is an obligatory mention here - there are dozens of varieties in each game, including a lot of simple UndergroundMonkey recolors. The red ones keep getting back up.
** Don't forget the laser-firing skeletons, the armor-wearing blade Masters, and the amusing skeletons called [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Yoricks]] in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Aria of Sorrow]]'' that kick their skulls at you. There's even a medal-wearing champion runner Skeleton in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Circle of the Moon]]'', the Skeleton Bartender who tosses drinks at you in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Protrait of Ruin]]'', the Farmer Skeleton, the Waiter Skeleton, the [[Franchise/KamenRider Rider Kicking]] Skeleton, and the Ape skeleton introduced in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'' that [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong throws barrels at you]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' has [[BadassBiker Biker Skeletons]] ([[SchizoTech in 1800]]).
*** And there's also giant skeleton as a boss.
** The multiplayer mode in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair'' has a feature that activates when a player character's HP goes to zero: they turn into a standard bone-flinging skeleton, and they must be given a specific item for them to be able to turn back to normal. A death as a skeleton causes penalties on the level's time limit.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', of course, with both enemy and summonable skeletons.
** The original and sequel both have [[FanSpeak skellies]] as foes, but you couldn't summon any in the original. The original also have an unique enemy called Leoric the Skeleton King, basically a skeleton with a hugeass sword and a crown in his head, which can be encountered in the game or skipped out depending on how the game started. He proves popular enough that Blizzard expanded and fleshed out his backstory from merely 'king fallen into madness' into some sort of tragic figure (while still a mad king) linked with one of the original heroes. He also becomes the model of a hero in ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' until he changed into Wraith King (see below for more), and he also returns for a first stage mandatory boss fight for [[VideoGame/{{Diablo III}} the third game]], switching his huge sword to a huge mace, and then he carried his last appearance in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
*** The summonables are quite strange, in that you can assemble a (human) Skeleton from the corpse of any monster, up to and including giant spiders, pygmies, ghosts, small rat-like creatures, swarms of locusts and ''other skeletons''. The latter wouldn't be so bad if the process did not involve LudicrousGibs.
** The ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' [[AllThereInTheManual information states]] that the undead are not from a single corpse. Instead, they essentially turn a corpse into bone powder and reconfigure it into a skeleton. When you raise any skeleton, it's really like you're raising a thousand tenths of a percent of a thousand different skeletons and sticking them together.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' has the Lost Souls, which are floating flaming skulls.
** ''Doom II'' adds the Revenants, which are giant skeletons wearing metal chest armor and shoulder-mounted missile launchers, and the Arch-Viles, which clearly have a layer of skin but are otherwise very reminiscent of a walking skeleton.
** The ''Doom 3'' ExpansionPack ''Resurrection of Evil'' has the Forgotten Ones, which are floating flaming skulls similar to the aforementioned Lost Souls.
* The most common enemy from ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies''
* Skeletons, usually armed with a sword, are the most common enemy in ''VideoGame/SpiritsAndSpells''.
* The ''SuperMarioBros.'' series has multiple skeletal enemies.
** Dry Bones from ''SuperMarioBros.'' are skeletal Koopa Troopas. Using the GoombaStomp on them makes them collapse for a few seconds, and then they reassemble. Usually, you have to either make the head roll into lava or a pit, smash them some other way or make sure all of the enemies on screen are dead to beat them, depending on the game/series in question. Variations of this enemy included Dull Bones and Red Bones (both not as strong as regular Dry Bones) and Dark Bones (which are stronger than Dry Bones). They are also named for a line from the trope-naming song.
** Bony Beetles are to Buzzy Beetles what Dry Bones are to Koopa Troopas. They can reassemble after being stomped, and can also collapse their skeleton exposing their sharp rib bones to defend against being stomped.
** Fishbones are skeletal fishes and immune to everything except invincibility.
** And there's a part where Bowser gets StrippedToTheBone and reanimated as a Skeleton. ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'' calls this "Dry Bowser".
** There's also Kingfin in ''Super Mario Galaxy'', a skeletal shark ([[ArtMajorBiology Yeah, we know]]) with GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath. That apparently summons robotic piranha fish.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' introduces the Spine Coaster, which takes you through the entire level by bone, complete with screeching.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' introduces the Tostarenans, who are beings based on the calacas of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Tostarena and The Sand Kingdom is itself a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Super Mario Bros counterpart]] to Mexico.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' has floating skulls as enemies.
* ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' had the fearsome Murray, the demonic animated skeleton with plans to conquer the world, who would have been significantly more fearsome if he wasn't just a skull and unable to move around by himself. Still, with lines like this, it's no wonder "Murray the Mighty Demonic Skull" is [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]]:
-->'''Murray:''' I'm a powerful demonic force! I'm the harbinger of your doom! And the forces of darkness will applaud me as I ''stride'' through the gates of hell carrying your head on a pike!\\
'''Guybrush:''' Stride?\\
'''Murray:''' All right then, roll! ''Roll'' through the gates of hell. Must you take the fun out of everything?
** ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' had more examples in [=LeChuck=]'s demonic crew. ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' notably featured Dem Bones actually singing "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem_Bones Dem Bones]]".
* Floating skulls are also in some of the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' games.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' had enemy skeletons, but you could also summon your own with the proper spell, much like the aforementioned ''Diablo II''.
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', especially with ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal Throne of Bhaal]]'', features several floating skulls, which are infinitely more nasty than their full-bodied counterparts.
** Even in the original, common skeletons cease to be a serious threat after level 3 or so. But near the end, the game starts throwing the much nastier skeleton warriors at you, and one of the bonus bosses in the expansion is a death knight.
* Some of the Bonus content in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' talked about how they wanted to put Dem Bones in the first game, in [[ShoutOut direct homage]] to Creator/RayHarryhausen. Naturally, they appeared in the sequel, and first show up when you catch up to Jason and the Argonauts.
* Like Dry Bones, skeletons in ''PrinceOfPersia'' don't tend to stay down for the count.
* In keeping with its El Día de los Muertos theme, nearly all of the characters in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' are skeletons. The rest are demons native to the Land of the Dead.
** Technically they're calacas (see above), which accounts for their stylization.
** The question of motor skills is lampshaded in Manny's conversation with a short-tempered clown:
--->'''Manny''': Some festival, huh?
--->'''Balloon Guy''': Yeah, my carpal tunnel syndrome's really acting up...
--->'''Manny''': But you don't have any tendons!
--->'''Balloon Guy''': Well you don't have a tongue, but that doesn't seem to shut you up, now does it?
* Skeletons show up throughout the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series as the standard melee grunt for TheUndead faction.
** While their top tier unit is usually a skeleton ''dragon''. Like most undeads, they tend to be weaker than their live version but come in greater numbers.
* RevengeBeforeReason undead ninja Scorpion from MortalKombat technically counts as this due to him being a burning skeleton undneath his ninja garb and flesh.
* Gruntilda in ''Banjo-Tooie'', due to spending two years trapped under a rock after the end of the first game.
** The Limbos in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''. Like Dry Bones, they'll get right back up after a few seconds. The only way to kill them for good is with [[InvincibilityPowerUp Wonderwing]].
* ''VideoGame/MagicRampage'': Skeletons makes an appearance. Later in the game, they wield magic.
* In the 1990s PC fantasy kingdom sim ''VideoGame/{{Majesty}}'', your Priestesses of the Death Goddess Krypta had the ability to re-animate skeletons for use as partners in combat; walking skeletons were sometimes also used as enemy monsters.
* There's one skeleton enemy type in ''VideoGame/NetHack'', but while the game is swarming with low level zombies and mummies, the skeleton is a high level enemy encountered near the end who steals speed from the player.
** There are also Liches, of increasingly lethal varieties; an Arch-Lich is one of the most dangerous monsters in the game.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' is littered with the skeletons of many an AdventurerArchaeologist who failed to solve the puzzle of the ruins. Some hold helpful notes and items. Others get up and beat the crap out of you.
* Non-human: ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has hopping sandcroc skulls, sandcroc skulls with feet, sandcroc skulls carried by birds, and full sandcroc skeletons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** ''Warcraft 3'' has several variants: a melee skeleton, an archer, a mage (without any spells, just a magic attack) and an orcish version (used in the campaign only). Frostwyrms are also basically [[{{Dracolich}} skeleton dragons]], and ghouls are half-way between skeleton and zombie. The [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] hero is also a skeleton, albeit much more powerful and with a free will (the above examples are mindless undead slaves). Death knights also use skeletal horses. Similar to the Diablo example above, a Necromancer using the Raise Dead skill creates two humanoid skeletons from any sort of corpse. Even something like a Crypt Fiend (half-spider) or a wolf. In the Frozen Throne expansion, the Scourge shop sells staves that allow any Hero Unit to raise skeletons as well.
** Obviously, these types (minus the orc version) made it into ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as common monsters, as well as NPC necromancers which can summon them. No such class skill exists, although the first Hero Class, the Deathknight, comes close with summoning Ghouls. Unlike the RTS, these can only be raised from humanoid corpses or using Corpse Dust which can be bought from vendors. Better not to think about that one too much.
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a large amount and diversity of Dem Bones, from typical meleeing mooks, to spellcasting mooks (often referred to as Bonecasters), to more elaborate skeleton mooks such as Bone Golems with their scythe hands, as well as many unique skeletons (including one rare mob who can return from the dead if not killed fast enough and is therefore rather hard to kill), and some Skeleton bosses, as well as Liches of course. The newly introduced Lord Marrowgar tops most of them, being a 10 to 25-man boss in the hardest raid so far (though an early one), and is basically a floating mass of bones with 4 heads armed with a massive bone axe.
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' also features some Dem Bones noncombat pets. To wit, the collector's edition pet Frosty, a baby Frostwyrm, and the Ghostly Skull. A skeletal steed is the racial mount for the Forsaken, and archaeologists can assemble both a full sized fossilized raptor to ride and a small noncombat pet version.
** With some Noggenfogger Elixir and a bit of luck, you can become one too! [[note]]If you do that you'll no longer need to breathe![[/note]]
* The second and eighth ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games are unusual among their franchise in that they have monsters for enemies, including weapon-wielding skeletons.
* Two of the major Undead faction unit types in ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' are skeletons, one with an axe and the other with a bow. They have very high resists to Pierce, Cold, and Blade damage types, but are very vulnerable to Impact, Fire, and Arcane damage. They can also move through and hide in deep water, and being Undead, are immune to poison and plague attacks. Combat with the Undead typically requires a lopsided unit selection to combat these. They usually serve as basic troops and as bodyguards to GlassCannon Dark Adepts in multiplayer, and are typically spammed by the AI in campaigns. Also, the high-level [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] unit, one of the levelled-up forms of the aforementioned Dark Adept, is skeletal and loses its old human characteristics in exchange for skeleton characteristics.
* Also a nice supplemental unit in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper II'', acquired by letting your [=POWs=] rot in jail. The cutscenes featuring skeletons reveal them to have retained their ligments so as not to fall apart, as well as a single eye. They also tend to have dreadlocks.
** Found in the first ''Dungeon Keeper'' too, acquired in the same way. No eyes or ligaments were visible on those skeletons, but then again, the graphics of the nineties didn't allow for such levels of detail.
* A great example is the Mysterious Lady from ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}''. In the first floor hallway, if you try a door a mysterious woman appears with her back to you, "dressed like Scarlett O'Hara," and she seems completely harmless - if you're playing the NES version there's even a chipper "hey, a cute lady!" tune in the background. But if you do something to get her attention (trying the door again, hitting her, trying to open her) she turns around and reveals her face: A bleached white skull, "devoid of any flesh"! The only way to get rid of her is to find a bottle labelled "no-ghost" in the upstairs closet, and even then you have to make sure to [[TrialAndErrorGameplay have the bottle open before even meeting her]]. Otherwise, nothing happens and she kills you. With this, and the fact that she's the first thing that can kill you in the game (unless you lingered too long in the wrecked car) and thus, your first death, she's pretty much become the game's mascot, even appearing on the NES version's [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/nes/image/563472.html?box=49626 cover art]].
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDXSniYAND4#t=0m58s Thank you for coming back for me, my love. You will be mine forever.]]"
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'', the main character is a skeleton named ''Dem''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has skeletons as common low-level enemies in pretty much every game. They can use weapons, probably as an homage to Harryhausen. Plenty of variants exist:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Bonelords are tall, [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four-armed]], humanoid skeletons draped in brown robes who 75% resistant to all forms of magic [[KillItWithFire other than fire]]. They also tend to cast a barrier spell as soon as they've been aggro'd which makes them resistant to melee damage as well.
*** ''Tribunal'' adds Liches, who are powerful spell-slinging skeletons in dark brown robes. They're complete resistant to frost and poison damage, and 50% resistant to shock damage. Like Bonelords, [[KillItWithFire fire can still ruin their day]].
*** ''Bloodmoon'' brings [[NonHumanUndead Bonewolves]], who are partially decayed undead wolves who Downplay it by still being rather fleshy.
** Besides the leveled Skeleton variants, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has Dark Guardians, which serve [[MurderInc the Dark Brotherhood]]. They're tougher than normal skeletons, but their main distinguishing feature is [[InTheHood the hoods they wear]]. ''Shivering Isles'' has Shambles, which are made of the bones of a bunch of different creatures held together by leather straps.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s skeletons appear in various necromancer hideouts and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Draugr]] crypts, though they're pretty pathetic overall, save for the really tough ones.
*** A [[{{Dracolich}} skeletal dragon]] appears as an encounter during the College of Winterhold questline during the quest "The Staff of Magnus." It's stupidly weak to magic (100% weakness) and flightless, so using flame spells should get rid of it easily.
*** ''Dawnguard'' has a few tougher skeleton variants, such as ones dressed in Ancient Nordic armor or others that resemble the Dark Guardians from ''Oblivion'' called Corrupted Shades. The main quest of the expansion also involves a trip to the Soul Cairn, home of the Bonemen, Mistmen and Wrathmen. You can learn to summon all three if you find the spell tomes lying around.
*** In the quest "The Break of Dawn" for the Daedric Prince of Life Meridia, the Dragonborn must clear her temple of Corrupted Shades, the ghostly skeletons of Stormcloaks and Imperial soldiers, commanded by the evil necromancer Malkoran ([[TurnsRed who himself turns into one after he dies]]). Being skeletons, the Unrelenting Force shout merely stuns them and they pack a serious punch, especially to the unprepared.
* One species of goo in ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo'' confuses the Sign Painter as to whether they're "alive... or dead. Probably polite to pretend we don't notice." These skull-shaped goo are the only species invulnerable to the ubiquitous SpikesOfDoom.
* ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'': while there are several kinds of skeletons around, the trope is lampshaded early in the game: two philosophic skeletons are having a debate about their existence. [[spoiler:They notice that they think without a brain, move without muscles... and that they don't have any joints to keep them together. [[PuffOfLogic Then they fall apart]].]]
* The Lich class in ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' can raise skeletons as pets, or combine five skeletons into a fossil monster (essentially a bone golem). The Necrotic Tower, which was the home of the first Lich, is built entirely out of bone.
* Skeleton enemies appear sometimes in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, with the skeletal ghosts in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' and the aptly named Recapitators in ''VideoGame/WarioLand: Shake It''. The former shoot some kind of ectoplasm that turns Wario into a zombie, the latter actually use their head as a boomerang, and reassemble if destroyed with the head intact.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' Giants features the Undead elf called Rider and his skeletal ostrich Fright. Together they're known as Fright Rider.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWorld's'' [[BigBoosHaunt Horror Manor]] has enemies that are skeletal versions of the enemies from the first two levels.
* In ''VideoGame/LightCrusader'', the only way you can kill this type of enemy is the "Turn Undead" spell or kill the wizard controlling them.
* Fernando from the Source Engine mod ''Elevator: Source'' who stands at the back of the elevator [[spoiler:until he gets dragged off by a giant hand and later returns as an Asian man]].
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2''. Dragon + Joker = Death Dragon.
* The ''Final Fantasy Legend[=/=]''[[Franchise/SaGaRPG SaGa]]'' games feature families of skeletal monsters, which all dress as pirates for some reason. They mostly appear as enemies, but can also be recruited into your party, or existing monsters in your party can transform into them.
* The Bonefish and Skelterwild dream eaters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' are skeletal variants of the Fin Fatale and Tyrant Rex dream eaters. The latter can be very troublesome to deal with due to the fact that its head detaches after it receives a solid hit and start attacking independently of its body.
* ''VideoGame/{{Trine}}'' features skeletons as the primary enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' features no less than 39 variants of the [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/index.php?title=Skeleton humanoid]] variety throughout [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/index.php?title=Rabbie_Dungeon Rabbie]], [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/index.php?title=Rundal_Dungeon Rundal]], and [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/index.php?title=Albey_Dungeon Albey]] Dungeons, with 6 varieties of [[http://wiki.mabinogiworld.com/index.php?title=Skeleton_Wolf Skeleton Wolves]] for good measure.
* Dem Bones appear as mooks in ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege''.
** And in ''VideoGame/TitanQuest''. Their color indicates their power, starting from the white ones in Greece and ending with the Gilded Skeletons in China.
** ''[[VideoGame/GoldBox Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Dranoor]]'' features a skeletal dragon as the BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', of all games, features these during [[spoiler: bouts with Scarecrow while under the influence of his fear toxin, though they're actually regular {{Mooks}}. There's also a Challenge Map named this, featuring exclusively this type of enemy.]]
** ''VideoGame/LegoBatman'' does the same thing in [[spoiler: the BossBattle against Scarecrow]].
* ''Mr Bones'': Another skeleton protagonist is the aptly-named title character in this UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn game.
* ''VideoGame/WillRock'': Living skeletons from both roman legionnaires and centaurs are met.
* In ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate'', one of Rue's monster forms that he can transform to is a skeleton warrior. It has a standard slashing attack while its special attack, is to... ''break down into a pile of bones'' (of course, pressing Triangle again makes Rue reattach himself). It does form a useful function in solving puzzles where he encounters it, as well as defense; the broken form is invincible against certain enemies.
* In the arcade game ''Warzaid'' the objective is to stop these from taking over the world.
* The Fiend tribe of demons in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise, including the Four Horsemen (Red, Black, White, and [[TheGrimReaper Pale Rider]]s,) Mother Harlot, [[ThatOneBoss Matador]], David the Violinist, the Trumpeter of the Apocalypse, Daisoujou the Monk, and the Hell Biker, among others. They're usually among the most difficult foes you will ever encounter in each game. ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' being what it is, you can also enlist them as allies against greater foes.
* In ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' they are everywhere - crawling out of the woodwork, wandering around in the woods, hanging out under the water waiting to grab your ankles as you swim by. Necromancers can even have them as pets. Heck, there's even a skeletal '''band''' in Paineel.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skate}} 3'', Dem Bones is the name of a playable character model in free-skate mode. He is unlocked after completing half of the Hall Of Meat challenges in the career.
* Skeletal undead are seen in both the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' campaign and the third campaign, ''Nightfall''. However, they are still garbed in the armor or clothes they wore in life, which can add or subtract from their horror.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has them as enemy mooks. Like other undead in the game, they are corpses possessed by minor demons that largely operate independently as a master; most just attack anything they see, as the demons inhabiting them are driven insane. They exhibit certain special abilities based on the demon possessing them and they swing swords and shoot bows.
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' features hollow men, which are spirit-possessed skeletons. Most are simply mindless creatures that explode with a satisfying crunch when destroyed, while [[EliteMooks some are tougher and can use magic]]. In the third game, some hollow men can use ''guns''.
* ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'''s Necromancy skill lets you raise humanoid corpses as skeletons. Only Necromancers will have high enough skill/stats to make the more powerful skeleton kings. Skeletons are common {{mooks}}.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider: The Last Revelation'' features skeletons armed with swords. Many weapons are completely ineffective against them. A shotgun blast will knock them over temporarily, but, if you want to permanently destroy them, you'd better have the grenade launcher or the explosive arrows at the ready, or make them drop from a cliff. They can also follow Lara almost anywhere and have a tendency of sneaking up on her from the sides or behind, making for some great {{Jump Scare}}s.
* ''VideoGame/Nitemare3D'' had the skeletons that throw, um... flaming bones? ...at you. Which somehow hit their target instantaneously, unlike the blasts from your plasma gun.
* One of the most common enemies in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' series is a kleer skeleton. ''II'' also has bone snakes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Raskulls}}''.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'' includes No. 6 and No. 7, the former of which is a rather distressing boss battle and the latter of which becomes a party member. [[spoiler: Or more accurately, a party member ''becomes'' the latter...]]
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' features two playable characters, Oshare Bones and Skeleton T, who happen to be animated skeletons. Neither of them are terribly threatening.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has pet skeletons, misspelled skleletons, Spooky Pirate Skeletons, Misshapen Animal Skeletons... The list goes on. The introduction of the Angry Jung Man familiar and his psychoanalytic jars introduced a whole tower full of procedurally-generated skeletons which apparently exists in the mind of [=KoL=] creator Jick.
* Freeware game ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheWind'' has skeletons wandering around the setting due to necromancers. Unusually some of these skeletons are sapient and just want to live in peace, something made rather difficult by overzealous clerics trying to grant them eternal rest. Shroud's partner Stoic is one of these.
* Most undead in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' and ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' are of this kind.
* The {{DLC}} "Old World Blues" of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' provides us with the [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Y-17_trauma_override_harness Trauma Override Harness]] automated suits, which were designed to evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield by taking over their motor functions; however due to several malfunctions, they end up wrecking havoc and killing anything on sight while still carrying inside the long-dead skeletons of their previous users, [[AndIMustScream which were trapped in them]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'': Skeletons were one of the first mobs added to the game alongside zombies, and come in a number of variants. The basic skeleton comes equipped with a bow and can fire arrows, and is in fact programmed to move away from you when you get too close (instead of rushing you like other monsters do) to make best use of its ranged attacks. Like zombies, they can spawn wearing armor, which will improve their defense and can drop for you to use when they die, and catch fire and burn to death in the sunlight unless they’re wearing a helmet. Specific variants include:
** Spider jockeys are a rare variant that spawns riding a {{giant spider}}. They can be quite dangerous, combining the skeleton’s ranged attacks with the spider’s melee and high speed.
** Skeleton traps are another rare variant that spawns when a seemingly regular (but in fact specifically spawned for this trap) horse is struck by lightning, turning it into four skeletal horses mounted by skeletons wearing helmets. As the horses will not burn in sunlight or despawn and are spawned tamed, once you kill the skeletons you can ride them to net yourself a skeletal steed of your own.
** Wither skeletons are taller, ash-grey skeletons that spawn in [[{{Hell}} the Nether]]. They wield stone swords instead of bows and inflict you with the Wither status condition, which will steadily sap away at your health. Like all Nether mobs they’re immune to fire damage, and will thus not burn to death in the sun. They can also spawn as spider jockeys.
** The Wither is a flying, three-headed skeletal monstrosity you can summon using three wither skeleton heads. It’s very powerful, it shoots explosive skulls, and it will try to kill every mob it sees that isn’t undead.
** Strays are a variant of skeletons with glowing eyes and clad in tattered rags that only spawns in snowy biomes, whose arrows inflict you with the Slowness status effect. They, too, can spawn as spider jockeys.
* Many, ''many'' skeletal enemies are featured in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}''.
* Skeletons are a common foe in the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series, but only gained the ability to revive continuously in ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII'' if the player did not kill them with the [[TurnUndead Grant Peace spell]]. Taken to ridiculous heights in the horribly broken ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'', where a defeated skeleton would break into its component parts and could reform again if there were enough parts for a whole skeleton. Cue frantic body-part looting mid-battle in a game where inventory space was already at a premium, and the skeletons kept respawning whenever you returned to the area.
* ''Blood Omen: VideoGame/LegacyOfKain:'' Animated skeletons are encountered. Some of them walk in a fixed route and explode on contact with you. Others can [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull themselves together]] and need to be destroyed [[LudicrousGibs more]] [[KillItWithFire thoroughly]].
* ''Montezuma's Revenge'' had rolling skulls as enemies.
* The ''Soulsborne'' series by ''Creator/FROMSoftware'' is absolutely replete with skeletons of various shapes and sizes. To wit;
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' features several regular human skeletons wielding swords and shields, as well as skeletons that are intertwined with spiked carriage wheels that will run you down at any opportunity. The Tomb of the Giants also features massive quadruped but vaguely humanoid skeletons, and Gravelord Nito is a skeleton ''made'' of other skeletons and wielding a sword made from them. There's also the Darkwraiths, whose armor bears a skeletal motif, they also comes with a skull mask, which its item description implies that it's fused with their skins.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' sees the return of the sword-and-board and Bonewheel skeletons, as well as a trio of bosses called the Skeleton Lords. True to their title, they sit on thrones made of bones and wield weapons made of them, and upon death they summon a bunch of skeletons of various types. There's also a variety of skeleton that won't die until you kill the necromancer that is reviving them.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' doesn't have many skeletons (blood's a pretty huge thing and skeletons are often lacking in it), but there is Darkbeast Paarl, who is an ''electric wolf skeleton the size of a bus''.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' brings back the bones one last time and manages to one-up every skeleton in the series to this point by giving us High Lord Wolnir, a skeleton king roughly ''five stories tall'' with a skull the size of a modest apartment and the ability to summon smaller skeletons to distract you (although he's just as likely to wipe them out with his massive swings as you are with a sword).
* The original ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' has an army of skeleton swordsmen. The first one appears as the boss of the second stage and the rest are {{elite mook}}s. ''Golden Axe II'' also had skeleton warriors, while ''Golden Axe III'' has the Dead Frames, which are the reanimated skeletons of reptilian humanoids.
* The Free-to-Play TCG/tactics game ''VideoGame/PoxNora'' features skeletons as one of the main race types in the Forsaken Wastes faction. Fully skeleton-themed decks are viable and typically play as a horde of expendable lesser skeletons backed by powerful mages, tomb lords and the occasional skeletal ice dragon.
* One of the varieties of Fryhtans in the ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'' series are skeletal warriors called "Deezboans".
* In ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', a animated skeleton named Spinal who has a quirk: to perform certain moves, he must gather energy—represented by tokens shaped like skulls under his life bar (SNES version) or skulls floating around him (arcade and gold versions)—by absorbing opponents' projectile-energy attacks (with his shield in absorbing position) or performing combo breakers. Despite requiring these tokens, his special moves are no stronger than normal special attacks. Spinal can store up to five skull tokens, overloading if he tries to absorb energy for the sixth time. On the sixth attempt he will not block the projectile, and it will cause normal damage and knockdown; he will then be left with one remaining skull. Spinal has two No Mercy moves: one where he repeatedly stabs the enemy with a spike on his shield and another where he summons ghostly, skeletal hands to drag his opponent underground (in the SNES version, the latter became his summoning a bolt of lightning to strike his opponent).
** Spinal was originally notable for being perhaps the only animate skeleton in fiction that is the product of science, not magic. However, it seems that the creators later figured out that movement without muscles is scientifically ridiculous and retconned his backstory to involve magic.
** Spinal is also one of the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] for the high-pitched cackle a lot of skeleton characters are given when they are voiced, alongside the likes of [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse Skeletor]].
* ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' gives us Sir Daniel Fortesque. A cowardly knight who died in the first hail of arrows, he's now been reanimated to take on Zarok. And he's the good guy! Although [[EyeScream he got hit in the eye and killed, and is effectively a cyclops]] and has had his jaw decompose so he can't communicate without subtitles, he's still one tough cookie.
* Hiante from ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'' is a more friendly example than most; a skeletal soldier [[spoiler: formerly of the Original King's army]] raised from the dead to protect Astra.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' has it's fair share of your standard skeleton mooks, but also has a recurring BonusBoss in the form of the Sword Dancer, a large, often MultiArmedAndDangerous skeletal swordsman who [[BloodKnight lives to fight strong opponents.]]
* ''Cataclysm'' features skeletons as mildly strong enemies. Cutting weapons do little damage and ranged weapons will miss most of the time, but blunt weapons are very effective against them.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has the expected basic human skeletons as enemies, as well as giant ones, a skeletal hellhound, skeletal wyverns (dragon-creatures), disembodied giant skeletal hands and an eldritch skeletal horror made of the bones of multiple creatures.
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': The skeletons from the Dead City.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'', before reviving as the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Wraith King]] due to pressing ceremonial reasons, Ostarion (previously Leoric) was once the Skeleton King, [[http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=128711900 the manliest hero in the game who does not have testicles]], and a hard-to kill hero with a penchant for dreadful puns. There's also Clinkz the Bone Fletcher, a master archer who was accidentally cursed to become a perpetually burning (and thus perpetually in pain) skeleton, and Pugna, a psychopathic skeletal mage who preys on other mages.
* A rare heroic example: the Guitar Guy from ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'' is just a skeleton, a nod to his death in [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd the original series.]]
* Sword-wielding skeletons are all over the place in ''VideoGame/{{Astyanax}}''. One even shows up as a mini-boss to end a level.
* ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'' has a few skeletal troopers.
** Wall Breakers are bomb-toting skeletons that blow up walls (and themselves) to make an opening for troops. They have low health, so it's best to lay down sturdier troops to cover them.
** Balloons are bomb-toting skeletons in hot air balloons that drop bombs on defenses. They're slow at attacking, but only anti-air defenses can hit them.
** Witches can [[MookMaker create an army of skeleton warriors]] to raid forts.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity'': The skeleton guards in the Dimension of Death.
* Both ''VideoGame/ANightmareOnElmStreetPC'' and ''VideoGame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES'' feature living skeletons as minor enemies.
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' has Derek, a 200-year old skeleton knight who joins your army after you've aided a (friendly) necromancer in raising him. He's pretty jovial about it. He's also australian for some reason.
* The cave complex in ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' often has piles of bones scattered around; some of them can re-animate as skeletons.
* A [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/mr-bones-wild-ride somewhat famous]] game of ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon 2'' had a top hatted skeleton as the mascot of "Mr. Bones' Wild Ride", a VideoGameCrueltyPotential-driven roller coaster so long it became [[AndIMustScream a thing of horror.]] Naturally, it has become associated with the "Spooky Scary Skeletons" song and the "2spooky" meme.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s love of adding more thematic holiday content to the game, especially on Halloween, means that the presence of NPC skeletons was probably inevitable. While they are internally called zombies (due to previously using the various zombie skins of playable classes), they're really nothing but (surprisingly realistically depicted) bones. They usually appear with a SicklyGreenGlow, but occasionally skeleton swarms can be summoned by using magic spells, and will have a [[ColorCodedArmies team-colored]] glow in that case.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', haunted ship levels have skeletons as enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}'' has skeleton enemies wielding various weapons. Unlike many other games, these skeletons aren't pushovers--they're really dangerous swordfighters. There are also legless, floating skeleton mages. ''Gothic 2'' adds weak goblin skeletons (who are nevertheless more dangerous than living goblins), skeleton shadowbeasts (the ordinary shadowbeast is already a very dangerous predator; these necromantic versions are even more threatening) and armor-wearing shadow warriors, who are pretty much mini-bosses.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' hallucinates being attacked by skeletons (among other things) after [[MushroomSamba being covered in leeches and taking an entire bottle of medicine]].
* One of the first enemies in Creator/{{Epyx}}'s ''VideoGame/TempleOfApshai'' is an animated skeleton.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' series features loose enough magic that a combination of lightning, death, cold, and rock will produce six humanoid skeletons wielding swords and ready to kill on your behalf. They're even healed by arcane death beams!
* Two of the first major [=NPCs=] you meet in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' are Papyrus and Sans, a pair of comedic skeleton brothers. In spite of being skeletons, they wear clothes, eat food, and don't seem to be the least bit inconvenienced by the whole 'lack of flesh' thing. [[spoiler: [[TheGhost Doctor W.D. Gaster]] may also be one, he's named after two fonts (Wingdings and Aster), and seemingly uses one of them in his dialog, not unlike the skeleton brothers. However, it's hard to tell since he's been DummiedOut and apparently stuck in the VoidBetweenTheWorlds as fragmented bits of data. There's also the "Gaster Blasters", which are draconic-looking skulls that shoot lasers, which Sans uses against the player in the Genocide Route.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts Covenant'' features an enemy called Agony that appears in the Gallery of the Dead. Its bestiary says it is an skeleton built and [[PoweredByAForsakenChild animated by a ghost of a child]]. Abandoned when the child's soul passed on, it now despises all humans with an anger born of deep sadness.
* In the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 ShootEmUp ''Dead Moon'', many of the bosses resemble giant skeletal animals, and the FinalBoss is the head, torso and FloatingLimbs of a giant humanoid skeleton.
* In ''VideoGame/FranBow'', you get to meet a suave, top hat-wearing skeleton called Itward who has befriended many of the children from Oswald Asylum, has demonstrated he can easily travel around the [[spoiler:Ultrareality]], and is implied to be powerful enough to [[spoiler:kick Remor's ass out of the Third Reality when the demon was trying to prevent Fran from leaving the asylum]]. Itward is a [[DarkIsNotEvil lovable guy]] who becomes a BigDamnHero to Fran [[spoiler:''twice'']] over the course of the game.
* Apogee's ''VideoGame/MonsterBash'' has skeletons as one of the common enemies. They throw what look like arms at you and break into two when you kill them.
* ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' has AI opponent and player model Bones. The manual [[LampshadeHanging idly wonders]] where the blood comes from when you shoot him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Party member Ryuji Sakamoto's eponymous Persona GuardianEntity is a skeletal pirate standing atop a miniature pirate ship. Despite being nothing but bones and clothing, said Persona specializes in pure physical strength.
* ''VideoGame/TheMaidOfFairewellHeights'': One of the customers of the Alice Shop is a Skeleton Soldier.
* ''VideoGame/{{Chantelise}}'': There are sword wielding skeletons that can only be defeated by magical attacks.
* ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'': There are sword wielding skeletons which come in white and yellow and drop Poison and Paralysis Crystals, respectively.
* The first two ''VideoGame/{{Sinjid}}'' games featured skeletons as fairly uncommon enemies.
** ''Battle Arena'' has the [[WarmUpBoss lowly]] Gel Skeleton and its [[PaletteSwap stronger variants]], the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Skeleton]], the Golden Skeleton, and the Titanium Skeleton, and their main method of combat is [[BareFistedMonk beating the player to a pulp]]. Their attack patterns are fairly simplistic, but they make up for it with fast attacks that can easily shut down approaches if the player isn't quick on the draw.
** ''Shadow of the Warrior'' has Skeletons who use [[AnAxeToGrind weap]][[CoolSword onry]] and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shields]] in combat as opposed to their predecessors' bare-handed fighting style, and Skeleton Mages, who [[SquishyWizard had low health and physical power but made up for it with their magic abilities]] and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe durable cloaks]]. The former are fairly weak on their own, but are always found assisting other monsters in battle, making it easier for their allies to take you out, and the latter are fairly menacing when cloaked, but drop quickly once uncloaked.
* In ''Videogame/AbyssOdyssey'', skeletons and zombies are some of the most numerous manifestations of the Warlock's dreams that are invading reality from the Abyss. The playable Ghost Monk is a manifestation of all the Chilean soldiers that have died in the Abyss, and takes on the form of a jumble of glowing red bones surrounded by shadow and a hooded cloak.
* The ''Castlevania''-inspired side-scroller, ''VideoGame/{{Rusty}}'', features Skeletons as soldiers, pikemans, and magicians.
* Skeletons appear among the enemies in ''VideoGame/HypeTheTimeQuest''. Similarly to the Dry Bones from the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' franchise, they collapse into a pile of bones when defeated, only to get back up a little while later.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Insaniquarium}}'', Bilaterus is a skeletal alien consisting of two heads connected by four spines. There is also Vert the Skeleton, a [[DarkIsNotEvil pet]] that drops golden coins for the player to collect.
* Skeletons appear among the many, ''many'' enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}''. Thieves can also by a skeleton suit, which invokes this trope.
* ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles'':
** In the bonus gameplay from ''13th Skull'', the Master Detective finds the skullless skeletal remains of Captain Crown's crew. [[spoiler:Placing their skulls atop of their head againt will animate them, and they will get revenge on their captain after that.]]
** The skeleton of the evaded prisoner in ''Shadow Lake'' will briefly wake up and attack the Master Detective before collapsing again right before hitting her.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has a Moshling species called "Creepy Crooners", who are singing skeletons.
* ''Graveyard Shift 2: Skelly's Revenge'' has you [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKmiyxVPgF0 playing as]] a milk-chugging, child-flinging, bugle-dooting skeleton. Yes, really. It is very much "Skeleton Memes: TheGame."
* In ''VideoGame/WhereTheWaterTastesLikeWine'', the Dire Wolf turns the player character into an animate skeleton, so that they can complete their task no matter how long it takes. Regular people don't seem to perceive this change, though some can sense a dark aura in you.
* In ''VideoGame/RavenswordShadowlands'', hostile skeletons absolutely infest the Citadel of Ror-Dan.
* These are a unit type in ''VideoGame/AncientEmpires''. They wield maces and have the same stats as a normal soldier. They can't be bought like other units: instead, they're raised from a gravestone by a Wizard (Sorceress in the sequel) - gravestones are structures that are left by dead units and are consumed once a skeleton is raised from them. They take extra damage from the [[LightEmUp attacks]] of Wisps. Though not particularly powerful, they can be produced in large numbers and are useful for missions where you don't have a castle to buy units from.

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* In ''WebAnimation/TrueTail'', Eldricth the Necromancer has an army of skeletons that are on green fire!
* Lewis from ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' is a suit wearing skeleton ghost with magenta fire for hair.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': The Master of the Dammed is a LeanAndMean living skeleton.
** The Overlord of Evil's a living skeleton with CreepyLongArms wearing tattered robes.

* The Underlings in {{Homestuck}}'s dead planets (the ones of the Alpha Kids) are this. After they're killed, the bones just reassemble, making them almost impossible to permanently kill.
* Spoofed in [[http://www.theprincessplanet.com/?p=19 this]] ''[[WebComic/ThePrincessPlanet Princess Planet]]'' strip.
* Codename Montezuma's Skeleton from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.
* The BigBad of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a lich, Xykon. At one point, decoys of him are created by making three other Dem Bones forms of undead and sticking them in his clothes. None of them are mooks though, being intelligent and quite powerful.
* Part of the cast of ''Webcomic/{{Carnies}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', Richard summons up some skeletons to aid in battle. What makes this really stand out is that [[http://lfgcomic.com/page/9 the skeletons were ''borrowed'' from a few enemy soldiers, while they were still alive]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', GraveRobbing [[http://endstone.net/comic/issue-1-page-32/ rouses one]].
* In ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'', skeletons are The Baron's standard {{mooks}}. They're intelligent, and seem to have individual personalities.
* Lore Sjoberg's "Talk with Monsters" comic, based on D&D, features a hero that scoffs at having to fight skeletons, maintaining that skeletons are not dangerous--they're what you get when you take a normal guy and remove things. In the dungeon, however, he sees the error of his ways: "Gaah! Super-pointy elbows!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' has a skeleton whose name is unpronounceable by above worlders, but you can call him [[http://nedroid.com/2009/08/introducing-skeleton/ Ethan]]. (His ex does.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'''s Duane Adelier is a rare heroic example: a former rector and family man who died six years before the story begins and continues to inhabit his body via unknown means, which he hides with heavy clothing and [[LieToTheBeholder glamours]]. His mind and his formidable magical skill are intact but his body decomposes at the normal rate; his tongue and eyes are magical prostheses and he scavenges pieces from cadavers to [[AppendageAssimilation replace limbs]] that get too damaged. He strips the meat off those pieces for his own comfort: feeling them rot is ''really'' unpleasant for him.
* Another protagonist example would be P from ''Webcomic/KayAndP''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Helvetica}}'''s entire cast is this, although [[DrivingQuestion none of them are sure why.]]
* [[http://skeletonscomic.blogspot.com Skeletons!]] The name kind of implies this.
* When K'ale gets arrested and imprisoned by King Samrick in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' his cellmate is a talking skeleton.
* Jacques is a side character in the ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' comic ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes''. Unlike his [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} animated appearance]], however, he's not a bodybuilder; he's the ghost of a circus performer.
* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' is set in an RPGMechanicsVerse and has both regular mindless skeleton minions and the Bone, skeletal undead who retain the minds and skills they had in life. Some of them are extremely unhappy about this.
* Baines in ''Webcomic/TheBackOBeyond'' is a lich (he seems to take offense at being called a skeleton) and a pirate.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': A group of Martellus' knights are stripped to the bone by an attack which animates their remains to be loyal servants to the user.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On the virtual pets game ''Website/{{Neopets}}'', [[http://www.neopetshive.com/Hive/piratekiko.gif the old Pirate Kiko]] was one of these.
* [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop Youtube Pooper]] WebVideo/{{Ricesnot}} specializes in making videos about skeletons, especially the skeleton from the advertisement for the '80s board game "Rattle Me Bones".
* The Website/{{Tumblr}} ‘Skeleton War’.
* Exploited in ''Roleplay/NanQuest''. [[spoiler:The Pilgrim]] looks like an example of this, but is actually just a squishy human wearing a costume -- ''precisely because'' it makes people assume they're an invincible skeleton. It ''works'', too -- players occasionally made suggestions that would have actually worked, such as [[spoiler:strangling him with his own noose]], only to be shot down by other players saying something to the effect of "He's a skeleton, are you crazy?"
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnRrPqgKBS0 Skull Trumpet]]. [[MemeticMutation Doot doot!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fzFHdT7xao Now there's Doot Star]], an All-Stars remix with these trumpets.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGjTHrZDGMc Doot]] [[Franchise/StarWars Wars]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Skeletons were a common sight in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation old cartoons]], usually dancing and living it up like undead party animals. Disney's [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Silly Symphony]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'' (1929) is the most obvious example, but Disney also made ''The Haunted House'' (also 1929) and ''WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor'' (1933) with the same dancing skeleton characters.
** [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer]] had skeleton characters in numerous [[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop Betty Boop and Bimbo]] shorts...
** And Creator/VanBeurenStudios had them in Tom and Jerry's ''Wot a Night'' (1931) and ''Plane Dumb'' (1932) among others.
** The early Merrie Melodie ''Hittin' the Trail to Hallelujah Land'' (1931) features dancing skeletons too.
** Creator/ColumbiaCartoons had the Creator/UbIwerks-directed remake of The Skeleton Dance, called "Skeleton Frolic" (1937).
** Two skeletons appear in ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'', one regular and another with red bones (a ShoutOut to Red Skelton). There's also a skeletal cuckoo in a clock.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': The ever-cheesy, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/16/ ever-ineffectual]] BigBad Skeletor -- although he had a human body with a skull head. Wherever there's actual muscles under his suit or just a PaperThinDisguise (a la VideoGame/EarthwormJim) is never addressed.
** In the reboot, his face was dissolved by acid in the first episode; later it was revealed via {{Flashback}} that his life was saved by an evil spell cast by his mentor, Hordak, resulting in his head becoming a floating skull, hovering over his torso. (Given his maniacal laugh after it happened, this may have caused his sanity to degenerate further.)
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' had a recurring villain, The Pastmaster (an ancient sorcerer who keeps trying to bring back the Dark Ages). One of his shticks was reanimating skeletons, as he demonstrated in his first appearance. It wasn't very effective, as an Enforcer helicopter sees them, asks them to stand down, and then delivers a [[BondOneLiner parody on the Miranda Rights]] right before shredding them to bits with the on-board Gatling (well, laser, but it looks like a Gatling):
-->"You have the right to remain buried!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors''. In this one, the "curse" of becoming a skeleton could be reversed by removing a ruby in their chest, as they were immortal otherwise.
* Grim is like this under his robes in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' (which leads to a ''lot'' of humorous situations). More than once, the other two protagonists have been known to take him apart in order to carry him in a backpack or other small container.
* A recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is Jacques, a skeleton with a French accent who wears a beret and is mildly obsessed with building his muscles... of which he of course has none.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' villain Scared Stiff is an odd robotic version of this.
* Skull Boy of ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom''. He's also [[BoyMeetsGhoul the main characters's love interest.]]
** There's also a band called the Skeletunes, which Skullboy sometimes hangs out with
* One of Youngblood's minions in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Pirate Radio". Also, one of the ghosts Vlad sent after Danny in "Kindred Spirits" looked like a BedsheetGhost?8364; in reality, the bedsheet was covering one of these, albeit with black bones. Not to mention Pariah Dark's army which is composed of skeleton warriors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', TheGrimReaper is this underneath his robes. In one episode we see him in normal person clothes.
* One of the baddies in ''WesternAnimation/SuperTed'' is a skeleton accidentally awakened by Texas Pete who comes along for the ride.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated series, when the children confront Venger in the Dragons' Graveyard, he summons draconian skeletons to attack them.
** There's also Dekion, the skeletal Celestial Knight {{curse}}d due to his cowardice.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'': The BigBad, Sartana of the Dead and her undead army. Her ethnicity makes her a ''genuine'' calaca.
* ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'': Becky, Satan's administrative assistant.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' featured a big bad with skeleton minions. Aladdin and crew pulled off the standard "knock the minions together" knockout, only for the skeletons to [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull themselves]] [[InvincibleMinorMinion back together]] into ''new shapes''. Two got [[GrievousHarmWithABody smashed together]] to form a centaur with four arms and two heads.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' episode "The Phantom Brigade" a skeleton rises up from the floor to threaten Cobra Commander into giving up control of three spirits. The Commander is reasonably freaked out and even the Joes who walk in on the scene can't believe what they're seeing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' there was Mr. Skullhead; usually he appeared in the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segments, but sometimes appeared in others, including a musical skit which was a {{Homage}} to the song that's the TropeNamer.
** Before that he was born doing skits for WesternAnimation/TinyToons, the skull is inspired by Elmyra's skull on her headband.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' - Dean is aware of the trope - when he investigates a plane crash and sees the charred skeletal remains of the crew he cries out "Brock! I think I figured out why the plane crashed - there were ''SKELETONS'' driving it!"
* Lord Hater of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' is skeletal being, though he may just be alien rather than undead.
** Its been later implied that Lord Hater was once an astronaut monkey working in NASA, and some accident transformed him.
* The BackFromTheDead version of Auntie in ''WesternAnimation/NotWithoutMyHandbag'' is a skeleton with a dress and hairdo.
* Ben Bones, the protagonist of the Canadian animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Freaktown}}''. He's also able to disassemble himself if needed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', a magic ring allows its wielder to animate and control an army of skeletons. The ring passes through several hands before Puss in Boots decides the Skeletons are nice, and [[FreeingTheGenie Frees the Genie]], in a sense, by giving the ring to the skeletons and inviting them to live in San Lorenzo.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': several of the ghosts they face are walking skeletons including; the Scotish soldiers in "Bustman's Holiday", the Pirates in "Sea Fright", the train passengers in "Knock, Knock" and some [[{{BLAM}} dancing and singing skeletons]] in "The Haunting of Heck House".
* The residents of [[spoiler:Pottsfield]] in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' once they make TheReveal.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' version of ComicBook/{{Carnage}} has a very skeletal appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' has a character named A Real Magic Skeleton, who is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you can probably guess]].

[[folder: Multiple Media]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'' depicts some [[StupidScientist Stupid Archaeologists]] believing that they have uncovered a [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/archaeological-dig-uncovers-ancient-race-of-skelet,932/ village of skeleton people]].

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Insects have exoskeletons, so technically they are this trope.
* Nearly ever living vertebrate is essentially this, actually. The only ones who don't are sharks (their "bones" are made of cartilage) and other more primitive fish like Hagfish.
** Every extinct vertebrate had a skeleton as well. In fact, their skeletons are worth a lot to science and people go to great lengths to find, obtain and study them.
* [[MemeticMutation There's a skeleton inside you right now!]]

''[[MemeticMutation AND THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT!]]''