"At first glance, one would think that they have discovered a fossilized bone from an ancient civilization. Look again. Do bones really look like that?!?!?! Perhaps in cartoons, but not around these parts, pal. This, my friend, is the fossilized remains of one of the treats that were used centuries ago in order to domesticate the local wild animals. The sad part is that they were shaped like a 'bone' purely for the entertainment of the creature giving the treat, as the creature eating it couldn't care less what it was shaped like."In media, whenever a bone that isn't a skull or hip shows up, it's a very good bet it will be the classic femur bone, a straight rod with two evenly-sized bulbs at either end note , ignoring the Real Life diversity of ribs, scapulas, clavicles, vertebras, and all the other diverse bones that hold the body in shape. Possibly justified by the femur being the largest, strongest, straightest bone in the body, so it's instantly recognizable, often well preserved, and useful for everything from improvised clubs to dog chew toys to macabre furniture supports. In media, those femur bones are often symmetrical from both sides, although they aren't like that in Real Life. This is also known as "Cartoon Bone". In lighthearted works, these are often visible when using X-Ray Sparks. See also Nothing but Skulls. Not to be confused with an actual animal femur bone used to make stock.
— Spore, the description of a Fossilized Domesticated Animal Treat.
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- Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time: Ogremon and Fugamon's weapons of choice.
- In Pocket God, Ooga, Klik, Sun, and Kinsee wear this type of bone in their hair. The other pygmies wear more distinct bones.
- Mainly seen in Dantés Lucha Factory and CMLL, El Barbaro Cavernario is prone to wearing a giant femur bone in his hair.
- A Very Potter Musical: One gets thrown into a cauldron.
- The "funny bone" from the classic Operation is one of these.
- Any bone-throwing skeleton in Castlevania series throws a classic cartoon bone.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES) video game has the player collecting bones of Freddy Krueger to bury them. However, every single bone is the classic femur bone and Freddy has a lot of them.
- Most of the enemies which drop bones in Runescape, seem to drop femur bones exclusively. Even snakes! Only a few of the enemies drop different bones.
- Master Higgins throws stock femur bones in Adventure Island IV.
- In Minecraft, skeletons drop these.
- In Pokémon, Marowak and Cubone wield one of these bones, and in turn, the Thick Club item. The Rare Bone item from the Sinnoh Underground is also an example.
- You wield one of these bones in Secret of Evermore
- Deus Ex has skulls and femurs scattered in the Paris catacombs. No ulnas in sight.
- In Solatorobo, these are used like cigars among Caninu. There are even different styles of holding them in your mouth, such as "Wild" and "Sexy".
- In Decap Attack, the enemies die with femur bones flying out of them.
- In Limbo of the lost, you have to feed some monster dog(s?) using bones of a skeleton. All fine, until you find that this specific skeleton has three femurs.
- In some of the Mortal Kombat games, certain fatalities would cause the victim to explode in a shower of femurs and rib cages.
- Joe & Mac threw femurs as one of their weapon types. Notable in that they were not symmetric, resembling real femurs more than the classic cartoon femur. The icon for the weapon is stock, however.
- Team Fortress 2: in the "Meet the Soldier" trailer, the Medic's severed head has a femur where the spine should be.
- One of the first hidden-object pages in Escape The Museum is a search for ten femur bones. Ironically, they are anatomically accurate human femurs, but are scattered around an exhibit of dinosaur skeletons.
- In the Mario games, Dry Bones throw these at you (starting with their appearance in Super Mario World). This includes their palette swaps in the Paper Mario games.
- The Bone Essence in MySims Kingdom is one of these.
- Most of the bones found in Eye of the Beholder 2. They can be used as clubs.
- Freddi Fish: Found in the first game, and used to placate the Junkyard Dogfish.
- Gex has one attached to his nose in the Pre-History dinosaur themed levels.
- Patapon: Most collectible bones are these.
- Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious: First boss throws these.
- You can collect them in 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue.
- Nightshade: Justified for being an actual human femur. A Dinosaur Doggie Bone can be taken from the mounted dinosaur at the museum.
- Putt-Putt: In Joins the Parade, Putt-Putt finds one and uses it to befriend Pep. Later, in Dog on a Stick, Pep finds them all over the place.
- Shantae: Some of the enemies in the original game and Risky's Revenge disintegrate into these when killed.
- Sid & Al's Incredible Toons has "Dog Bone" as one of the standard wall/platform types, distinguished by high slipperiness.
- If Valentine from SkullGirls loses by time out, she explodes into a pile of femurs & ribcages as a reference to Mortal Kombat.
- In the cut content of Crash Twinsanity Dr. Neo Cortex was going to go inside Coco's brain for the level "Gone A Bit Coco". The x-ray of her skull shows that her ponytail has these as support.
- Undertale: The various bone attacks from skeleton brothers Sans and Papyrus take on this form.
- In the Strong Bad Email "disconnected", Strong Bad imagines what he would do if his head were ever disconnected from his body (and both somehow managed to continue living). His body is shown as having a femur bone sticking out of its neck instead of a spinal column.
- These are often gnawed on and buried by Pluto on the Classic Disney Shorts. One cartoon, however, subverted it by having him unearth an accurately drawn femur.
- Sideshow Mel from The Simpsons has one stuck in his hair.
- In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Snoopy has a big pile of these in his bowl; he eats them as he reads the newspaper. Note he doesn't chew on them, or gnaw the meat off the bones, he eats the bones.
- The Flintstones: Dino has giant, dinosaur-sized femur bones to chew on.
- In one episode of Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick eats some Exploding Chewing Gum. Results were predictable, right down to having a femur where his spine should be (if starfish had spines, that is).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Pegasus wings are usually meant to emulate bird wings when possible, though in "Read It and Weep" we see an X-Ray of Rainbow Dash's wing, and it's made up mostly of Stock Femur Bones. Kind of explains why she was trapped when a boulder pinned one feather in "May The Best Pet Win!"
- In "Gryphon the Brush-Off", pausing or going frame-by-frame during the part where Gilda falls for Pinkie's hand buzzer prank reveals that her entire skeletal structure, save for her skull, ribcage, spine, and (possibly) pelvis, are made up of these, resulting in a very funny-looking skeleton.◊
- Similarly, an episode of Mickey Mouse (2013) had Mickey, Donald and Goofy get their skin blown off by a plane propeller, revealing their skeletons which are mostly made up of these
- Dog biscuits are shaped this way to show that they're for dogs, and dogs eat bones, dontcha know.