In media, the classic femur bone shows up somehow very commonly. Possibly faintly justified
in that the femur is one of the largest, strongest, straightest bones in the body, so it's instantly recognizable, often well preserved, and useful for everything from improvised clubs
to macabre furniture supports.
In media, those femur bones are often symmetrical from both sides, although they aren't like that in Real Life
. That's also known as "Cartoon Bone".
In lighthearted works, these are often visible when using X-Ray Sparks
. See also Nothing but Skulls
- Some of the insignia with skull and crossbones.
- Dog biscuits
- 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 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, untill 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 And 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 Paper Mario series, Dry Bones and their palette swaps throw these at you.
- The Bone Essence in My Sims Kingdom is one of these.
- 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, 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 one episode 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 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E7: "May The Best Pet Win!".