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2Sure, skeletons are scary, especially if they're still walking around. But, you want a real gross out factor? Try a living person (not undead) whose skeleton is partially visible. While a corpse, animate or not, showing bones is a natural sign of decay, a living body showing its skeleton is decidedly ''unnatural''.
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4A bit medically improbable, so usually indicates magic or super-science. (Although a prosthetic that only [[SkeleBot9000 looks skeletal]] is very plausible.) Compare DemBones, supertrope of SkullForAHead. A common trait of {{Necromancer}}s. Often Overlaps with RedRightHand.
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12* The twin babes born to Delia, Queen of Faeries in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' were diametric opposites: Avatar was the attractive cherub, while Blackwolf was the repulsive wraith with bare-bone arms. Both would mature into powerful wizards, destined to clash over the fate of the AfterTheEnd world.
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16* In ''Literature/TheDarkProfitSaga'' [[spoiler: Jynn's first attempt at channeling solamancy in decades sears the flesh from his hand, leaving a skeletal hand that he animates with noctomancy. His liche father tries to invoke it for a NotSoDifferentRemark.]]
17* In ''Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil'' Hakram loses a hand in a fight with the Lone Swordsman, but the Warlock animates a skeletal appendage as a replacement. This earns Hakram the moniker Death-Hand (and apparently makes him a hit with the orkish ladies).
18* In ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': [[spoiler: After losing the skin on her hand, Ceria find she cans still move it and use it to cast magic. ]]
19* ''Literature/HarrowTheNinth'': When [[spoiler:Ianthe]]'s transplanted arm proves to be incompatible with her magic, Harrowhark cuts it off and grows a skeletal replacement out of [[spoiler:Ianthe]]'s own bone. She leaves the flesh off because [[BadWithTheBone bone magic]] is her preferred discipline of {{Necromanc|er}}y, whereas she finds flesh magic crass.
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23* Undead grafts in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can include skeleton arms, and the Pale Master prestige class includes one.
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27* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': Shinnok in his Necromancer variation removes flesh in his forearm, showing nothing but bones. Oddly (or hilariously), upon getting "finished", his arms revert back to normal.
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31* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': Jacob tears the flesh off his arm twice, and his face once, in his attempts to become "the zombie alive". Though it gets regenerated by white magic explosions.
32* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': Regina's wing was stripped to the bone in her first fight with Dan, and she periodically re-strips it when it regenerates because she likes the look.
33* There's a short comic on ''Webcomic/JohnnyWander'' called "[[http://www.johnnywander.com/comic/girl-with-the-skeleton-hand-1 Girl with the Skeleton Hand]]" about... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a woman with one skeletal hand]]. She used to have a regular hand, but a little accident on a blind date with the physical incarnation of death stripped away the flesh and tendons from her right hand. She doesn't appear to mind, and in the [[http://www.johnnywander.com/comic/girl-with-the-skeleton-hand-2-1 sequel]] she discovers that her skeleton hand allows her to interact with ghosts the way her psychopomp date (and now partner) does.
34* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'': One AlternateUniverse version of Minmax is an OmnicidalManiac {{Ps|ychicPowers}}ion whose arms are [[http://goblinscomic.com/comic/02222011-2/ replaced]] by skeletal HardLight constructs. He prefers to use his MindOverMatter powers, so their utility is unclear.
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38* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': The evil {{Necromancer}} Mozenrath has a skeletal, albeit functional, right arm underneath the ArtifactOfDoom gauntlet that grants him his powers. It's implied that the gauntlet is draining his LifeEnergy and will [[ArtifactOfDeath eventually kill him]].
39* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the first segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIV", Homer's right arm turns skeletal (and gains the TouchOfDeath) when he becomes the new Grim Reaper.
40* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2021'': Prince Keldor's left arm from the forearm down was eroded down to the bone when he was cursed with the power of [[TheDarkSide Havoc]]. After fully embracing Havoc and becoming Skeletor, he keeps the bony left hand and also gets a SkullForAHead.
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