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
Anime & Manga
- Some of the insignia with skull and crossbones.
- Dog biscuits
- In Pocket God, Ooga, Klik, Sun, and Kinsee wear this type of bone in their hair. The other pygmies wear more distinct bones.
- 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 De Cap 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.
- 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.
- 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.