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Yeah, Togedemaru is boned.note 
"With an ass's jawbone I have made asses of them. With an ass's jawbone I have killed a thousand men."
Samson, Judges 15:16, The Bible

The use of bones as a weapon.

The common variant is using a plain bone as an Improvised Weapon. Similar to Grievous Harm with a Body, except that that involves using a whole body or at least a bodily limb that hasn't yet been reduced to bone. Bonus points if it involves a Stock Femur Bone or is used for Palate Propping.

Another variant is creating a weapon out of bones. This is particularly common in more fantastic settings, where bones of fantastic creatures can be dense enough to be used as material for making weapons or armor. Those who use/create these kinds of weapons tend to be the primitive sort of people, although on occasion there may be rare and powerful weapons made of exceptionally strong bones.

A somewhat less common variant is a superpower to use your own bones to attack others or defend yourself, with a Required Secondary Power to grow bones quickly, usually in a manner similar to Spike Shooter or Spikes of Villainy. Occasionally dips into Body Horror or Lovecraftian Superpower depending on the portrayal. A subset of Master of Your Domain, in this case, with bones.

Generally, this is an especially common weapon option for the Frazetta Man, cavemen of the Hollywood variety and similar primitives, who are often depicted as using large femur bones, implicitly those of their prey, as crude weapons. See also Primitive Clubs, for big sticks and clubs to denote how primitive a being is. This is also a common option for Scary Skeletons, which will either scavenge bones as weapons from their usually morbid surroundings or just pragmatically break off parts of their skeletal anatomies when in need of weapons.

This trope can also overlap with the Sinister Shiv, because bones of certain animals are dangerous enough, due to how small, sharp and sturdy they can be. Making them good stabbing weapons on the fly, although at times depending on the type of bone grabbed they might need to be broken off to create a spiked tip.

Skeletons in the Coat Closet is what happens when you wear bones as armor regularly. See Ballistic Bone for bones launched as Abnormal Ammo.

Not to be confused with Bad to the Bone.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Clover: Zenon uses Bone Magic, generating massive amounts of bones from his body to brutally stab enemies. He can even shape his bones to wield like a blade.
  • Digimon Adventure: Ogremon wields a bone as a club. The Palette Swap Monster of the Week Fugamon does the same. (Another variation exists called Hyogamon, but he's got a big icicle instead.)
  • Inuyasha: Sango and her village use the bones, skins, shells and other remains of youkai they killed to make into weapons. Her giant boomerang is made from purified demon bones.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency: Santana has a Rib Blades ability, which allows him to extend his ribs out of his body to shish-kebab opponents.
  • Naruto:
    • Kimimaro is apparently the only member of his clan to fully activate his kekkei genkai, the Shikotsumyaku or "Dead Bone Pulse". Using it, he can manipulate his bones to act as armor against any attack or extract weapons formed of super-dense bone.
    • His distant ancestor Kaguya Ōtsutsuki had a more deadly version capable of reducing the target to ash in one hit.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman foe Abattoir was a Serial Killer who obsessed with death and symbols of mortality. He frequently used human bones as weapons: either as clubs or sharpened into blades.
  • Hellraiser: Refugees from the Labyrinth in the Summer Special craft the bones of one of their dead members into weapons to battle the Legions of Hell, since only something "of Hell" can harm something else "of Hell".
  • The Jungle Line: As fighting fever-induced hallucinations, Superman grabs a skeleton's giant bone to defend himself with.
  • In the French comic book La Licorne ("The Unicorn"), Ambroise Paré is attacked by assassins sent by the Church. Thankfully, it happens in a laboratory with multiple dead bodies on study, which the surgeon promptly weaponizes — he stabs one to death with a rib, trips another into falling onto a ribcage (like the Final Destination example above) and smashes yet another by using a skull still attached to a spine as an improvised mace.
  • Werewolf by Night: The crazed actor Steven Rand adopted a jawbone of an ass as his weapon of choice when he started his quest for revenge as Atlas.
  • X-Men:
    • Marrow's power is to grow bones out of her body. Usually this means outward jutting spines, claws, or knives — she isn't too big on bludgeoning bones, though they do show up in her arsenal.
    • Marrow inspired Spyke from X-Men: Evolution, who in turn inspired the Spike from X-Statix, who preferred shooting bone spikes out of his body.
    • Wolverine, when he has his bone claws instead of his Adamantium claws, counts as well.
    • Daken, Wolverine's villainous son, has three retractable bone claws housed underneath his forearms, two claws which emerge from between the skin of his first and third knuckles and one from his inner wrist. These claws are much harder and denser than normal human bone and their natural shape provides them with a razor sharp edge capable of easily slicing through flesh and bone, and they have been shown to be able to penetrate metals as durable as Iron Man's armor.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Discordant Note, and later its sequel Metagaming?, Harry and Luna replaced their original bodies but Harry kept their skeletons and turned each into a Magic Staff, citing that their bones were saturated in their own magic and thus the absolute best possible magical foci imaginable.
  • Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons: Blackjack fashions an improvised macuhuitl from the bones and teeth of a dragon skeleton she finds in a museum.
  • A Growing Affection: Kabuto attaches Kimimaro's arm to his body to gain Shikotsumyaku.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: Harry is asked in Defense class to suggest unconventional combat uses for items in the room. Some of his suggestions, like strangling someone with a student's robes, are logical enough, but even Draco Malfoy is horrified by the idea of extracting someone's bones and sharpening them into spears. Harry never lives it down.note 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 14 Blades have Qinglong (a martial artist played by Donnie Yen) fighting some armed mooks using a chicken drumstick as his weapon. And winning.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: The first segment has protohumans discover tools by aid of the monolith by whacking their enemies with bones.
  • The Battle Wizard: The warrior Mu Wanqing uses a bone club as her secondary weapon, one with hidden projectile launchers inside that are fired by her chi.
  • Bone Eater: The eponymous monster can take shards off its bones to throw at people and kill them from afar.
  • Bone Tomahawk: The eponymous weapon is an Absurdly Sharp Blade that doubles as a club and is made from bone.
  • The Crimson Charm has a creative example. One of the bad guys early in the film uses an Epic Flail as a weapon, only instead of a spiked ball, the weapon's head is a human skull (presumably someone he killed earlier).
  • The Hazing: Professor's magic staff is made of a human skull mounted atop a straightened and stiffened length of vertebrae. Although it has magical properties, several characters realise that it also makes a dandy club, and use it as such against Kapps.
  • Hobo With a Shotgun: Abby stabs one of the villains with her exposed arm bone.
  • Law Abiding Citizen: Clyde shivs his cellmate with the bone from his T-bone steak.
  • Mohawk: During their final fight, Oak stabs Holt with a broken bone from the bone breastplate of her Improvised Armor.
  • On Deadly Ground has Steven Seagal's protagonist dishing out plenty of asskickings, including beating one of the henchman, Otto to death using a whale bone.
  • The People That Time Forgot: During the scene where the heroes escape their skull-adorned cell by overpowering the guards, Dr. Norfolk beats one up with a bone he picked up from the floor.
  • Pig Hunt: One of the hippie women stabs Jake through the eye with the boar tusk she wears on her necklace.
  • Red Sonja: Falkon (Prince Tarn's fat bodyguard) uses a big bone as a mace, and gives a smaller bone weapon to Tarn before departing to climb the villains' castle's wall.
  • Star Wars: Luke Skywalker grabs a femur to fight the Rancor in Return of the Jedi and uses it to prop the beast's mouth open. Later he tosses a skull at the button for the heavy portcullis making it drop on the Rancor, killing it.
  • Sudden Death: A man was killed with a chicken bone.
  • Tyranno's Claw has one of the main characters attacked by a fierce monkey-man in a cave filled with bones, where he then picks up a nearby skull and uses it to hammer his opponent unconscious.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand: When Spike fights Wolverine, he fires long bone shafts out of his wrists.

  • Bequin: In the second book, Beta is attacked by crazed anatomists wielding a variety of weaponized human bones, such as axes with femurs for handles and sharpened scapulae for a blade, and slings which use knucklebones as ammunition.
  • Black Colossus: Conan chooses to gnaw on a huge beef-bone while commanding an army. Later he uses the bone to bash in the brains of a deserter when his army needs an incentive to keep fighting.
  • The Cat Who... Series: In book #8 (The Cat Who Sniffed Glue), this is attempted by the killer, who attacks Qwill with the thigh bone of a camel. Luckily for Qwill, the bone turns out to be a plaster fake that crumbles after one hit.
  • The Eye of Argon: Grignr manages to kill a guard with the sharpened pelvis bone of a rat.
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries: A killer tries to use one of Sid's bones to hit Georgia. Sid takes control of it and hits the killer instead until he falls unconscious.
  • Friday the 13th: Norwood Thawn in Friday the 13th: Hate, Kill, Repeat creates a dagger out of dead wife's bones, with the intent of using it against Jason.
  • The Kalevala: Väinämöinen built his first kantele (a stringed musical instrument) out of the jawbone of a giant fish he has slain. Not exactly a weapon, but seeing how he's a master of Magic Music, he uses his kantele later to disable Louhi's guards to make a clean getaway with The Sampo.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: A character briefly incapacitates Freddy by smashing his head in with a bone in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers.
  • In "Seven Views Of Olduvai Gorge", by Mike Resnick, the primitive night creatures (the surviving humans) use bones of their fellow tribesmen as weapons and in the end club Exobiologist to death with a shinbone.
  • The Sharing Knife: The titular weapons are crafted from respectfully donated human bones — usually thigh bones, occasionally upper arms — and are the only way to permanently kill the series' resident Eldritch Abominations. They've also led to some nasty rumours about cannibalism and necromancy by their makers.
  • The Six Sacred Stones: Zoe is hunted through a maze by hyenas and fights them off using crocodile bones. She turns them into stabbing weapons by holding them against the wall of the maze while running.
  • Worm: Marquis can not only manipulate his own bones, making them shrink or grow into various shapes such as spears, needles and shields. Moreover, he can do that even with the bones of his enemies, provided they are exposed and he can see them. He lacks the complementary immunity to feel pain and feels unspeakable levels of agony when his bones tear through his flesh or break, but he has trained himself not to show it in the slightest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • CSI: One episode has a woman die after having a lamb chop thrown at her in an argument over a slimming competition, the bone of which pierced her neck (although it's explained she would have lived if her friends has taken her to a hospital instead of letting her bleed out trying to cover it up).
  • The Demoness of Bones from Journey to the West (1996) fights with a three-section long chuck made from three bones connected together. Note that this is a trait made up for the series only; the original novel never specifies what weapons were used by the Demoness against Wukong, while earlier films or shows would have her using a sword.
  • Power Rangers Time Force: Ransik, the Big Bad, fights by pulling bones out of his body and transfiguring them into weapons. This appears to hurt. A lot.
  • Supernatural: Dean has the First Blade (a bone shaped and used as a blade), which belonged to the Biblical Cain.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: Samson once wiped out a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey, note  thus making this Older Than Feudalism.
  • Celtic Mythology: In some accounts, the magic spear Gae Bolg of the hero Chu Chulainn was made of the rib of a massive sea serpent.
  • Pacific Mythology: Maui famously wielded a hook fashioned from the jawbone of his divine grandmother, Ina or Hina.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Moondogs regularly used to come to the ring with bones that they would use to attack opponents with.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Adventure A4 In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords starts with the PCs in the title location, stripped of all weapons and equipment. If they search carefully they can find a human skull (usable as a thrown weapon) and a human thigh bone (usable as a club).
    • Dark Sun is set in a world that lacks (amongst other things) metals and much in the way of wood, and the majority of equipment is made of bone, carapace, and similar materials. These are understandably inferior to rare metal gear. Pre-4th Edition it was even more merciless, with bone equipment having atrociously low durability.
    • There's an obscure Osteomancer prestige class which focuses on magically manipulating bones in combat.
    • Ravenloft: Archer skeletons use bone arrows, which can grow into additional skeletal attackers if they miss their targets. Giant skeletons from the same setting (not skeletons of giants, but human ones enlarged before animation) use bone-tipped spears or scythes in combat.
    • In 3.5e, dragon teeth can be used to create bladed weapons. Depending on the species of the dragon in question, the weapons can inflict one point of extra elemental damage.
    • This has become the racial ability of Lizardfolk in 5e. When the party takes a short rest, they can harvest a corpse and turn the bones into a shield, a club, or some throwing darts.
  • Numenera:
    • If called on to fight, Sallian Orsay wields a long sword made of honed whale bone.
    • Bonebreakers construct elaborate stick-weapons from the bones, skin and biomods of their dead quaaenit mounts, adding a bit to the weapon from each mount that dies in their care.
  • Warhammer has a number of primitive creatures that use bone weapons, most notably ghouls and savage orcs.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Giant Orc uses the femur of... some other giant monster as a club.

  • BIONICLE: Tools on Bara Magna are either made of bone or claw.

    Video Games 
  • Adventure Island IV: Master Higgins begins the game with an infinite supply of bones he can throw at enemies.
  • AdventureQuest:
    • The first game has a few bone-based weapons, like the Lumpy Skull Club and the Dragonfang Scimitar.
    • AdventureQuest Worlds: Your character can use bone based weapons like The Bone Sword and Bone Axe.
    • DragonFable has the Doom Weapons which are bone-based.
  • Age of Empires I: Villagers in the original game attack with large bones. This is not that odd when you are in the original Stone Age but becomes a rather weird sight when you have reached the Bronze Age and the same villagers are surrounded by finely crafted Greco-Roman buildings, though by the Iron Age they graduate to pitchforks. In Age of Empires II the villagers use metal knives.
  • Arx Fatalis: Large bones (that look like femurs) are the first weapon you get.
  • Balacera Brothers have skeleton enemies who throws pieces of their bones at you as projectiles.
  • Bound by Blades: Skullako has femur bones for limbs, which it will expel at you as a projectile attack. It can regrow them instantly after each shot for good measure.
  • Baldur's Gate has a magical club made from a human femur. The man who made it amputated his own leg, and used it as a weapon to avenge his family. Why he decided this would be the way to do it wasn't made clear, but the description notes that it's uncertain whether the item was conventionally enchanted or if he was just so mad that it gained magical powers anyway.
  • Battleborn: One of the dual kamas used by Pendles is made from the the reclaimed skull, femur, and ribs of a Kormiri Aviant that was a previous target of his.
  • The Binding of Isaac:
    • The Afterbirth+ DLC has the unlockable character "the Forgotten". His primary attack is swinging a bone club in front of him. The alternate attack, done by holding the attack control in the desired direction, is the bone being tossed at enemies instead.
    • In Repentance, Tainted Samson normally fires tears, but will temporarily wield an incredibly powerful jawbone when he goes berserk. It functions the same way as The Forgotten's club.
    • In Repentance, Tainted Forgotten is a near-powerless ghost who can only manipulate his own semi-animated skeleton, and attacks by hurling it into enemies. The skeleton can't move except by being thrown, can but still swing its bone club where it lands.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: Big Boner's primary weapon is his giant bone... the club he has in his hands, namely. Conker and his dinosaur friend need to hit him in the instant he's lifting the bone to prepare an attack.
  • Dark Cloud: One of the swords Toan can use is the Bone Rapier. Among the randomly generated loot, it is one of the weaker swords.
  • Death Road to Canada: Human stock femur bones and backbones can be used as crude melee weapons against the zombie hordes. They aren't especially strong or durable, but they are lightweight enough to be swung multiple times even by an out-of-shape survivor. The exception is the "spine with skull accessory", a backbone with the skull still attached, which deals respectable damage and knockback and while not unbreakable, has a very low (0.5%) chance to break. All of these can be found either lying around, or sometimes dropped after destroying a skeleton.
  • Deepwoken: The first mandatory fight in the Second Layer is a Bone Keeper, who fittingly enough, is able to use bone-related abilities such as stomping the ground to erupt bone spikes and throwing a massive bone at the player. The player in turn can learn the Bone Keeper's ability to throw a massive bone, called Brachial Spear by turning in the Giant Femur it sometimes drops to Carrion, Father of Evolution.
  • Dwarf Fortress: Crossbow bolts can be carved out of animal bone, which is about half-way between this trope and Ballistic Bone. They're not much use against large wild animals or any humanoid wearing the most rudimentary armour, barring a lucky hit, but they're a cheap and readily available source of practice ammunition. The crossbows themselves can also be made from bone, falling under this trope when your marksdwarves run out of ammo. Unfortunately, bone is a bit too light to be an ideal choice for this.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: With the Dawnguard expansion, it's possible to create Dragonbone Weapons, which happen to be even more powerful than Daedric weapons. The dragonbone warhammer, which has the highest base damage of any weapon available in the game, is essentially a dragon's femur with a long decorative handle.
  • Several skeleton enemies in Eastern Exorcist are armed with flails made of bones, who can deal as much damage as swords.
  • Enter the Gungeon: One of the many, many weapons you can find is the VertebraeK-47, which is made from a spinal column and an AK-47 frame. It also fires ghosts that chase down targets!
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 5 features an entire subset of bone-themed weapons, one for all five playable characters. All (barring the Dark-elemental Spine Snapper) are Non-Elemental weapons which focus on applying debuffs, and all have the capacity to inflict either Instant Death or Doom:
    • Matt gets the Club of Withering, a large bludgeon seemingly made from the skull of an unknown beast.
    • Natalie gets Kaladanda, a staff made from a long and thin bone with what appears to be the skull of a small Zombie Hydra on top. Kaladanda is named after the staff held by Yama in Hindu Mythology, capable of killing anyone it struck, regardless of what protection they had.
    • Lance gets the Spine Snapper, a pistol made out of animal parts, with the barrel made from a spine. Its associated revolver features bone-white details (including the barrel).
    • Anna gets The Deceased, a bow made of several bones bound together, with the result resembling a set of shoulderbones. The arrows fired from it resemble bones as well.
    • NoLegs gets the Human Skull, a broken femur bone paired with the cursed skull of a dead child. Seeing it creeps out Natalie:
      "What the hell, NoLegs? Where did you find such creepy equipment?"
  • Fable III: One of the possible permutations your character can have includes bone decoration. You get if your character kills a lot of Hollow Men. Unfortunately, since Hollow Men make up something like 90% of the enemies you face in the game, you'll usually end up with bone decoration whether you like it or not.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: The Hero's Relics, including the Sword of the Creator, has a bony appearance with noticeable cracks and yellowish tint. It's because they are bones made into weapons as Nemesis murdered the progenitor goddess, Sothis, and created the Sword of the Creator from her bones and heart (which are made into Crest Stones). Nemesis and the Ten Elites also did the same to many of the Nabataen.
  • Final Fantasy VI: Umaro's weapon of choice (and in fact, his only weapon) is the Bone Club.
  • Fresh Minty Adventure: The Scary Skeleton inside the Cave of Wisdom throw bones as their attack.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game has the Fiends, small humanoid Animators, who use this as their ranged attack. Sometimes it's not always bones per se (cf. the Book Fiends), but the effect's the same.
  • Grim Dawn: Trogs wield bone weapons and armor. When dropped and equipped by the player character, their bone armaments give significant boosts to bleeding and vitality damage skills and damage.
  • Halo: Skulls can be used as melee weapons.
  • The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning: The larger apes in the Swamp use femur bones instead of the blades and clubs used by their counterparts in later levels.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Stalfos normally wield giant maces, but if you disarm one it will... disarm itself in a more literal fashion and start beating you with that.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
      • Link can swipe Stal creature limbs and skulls after scattering them, and use them to bash opponents. Their damage output is very weak (and their durability laughable) but the skeleton armor set improves it a bit.
      • The higher-end weapons crafted by Bokoblins and Moblins are reinforced with animal or dragon bones (being otherwise hewn from wood). They aren't very durable as weapons go, but can be easily obtained from enemy encampments, and, being non-metallic, don't attract lightning in stormy conditions.
      • The Stalnox minibosses will break off parts of their own skeletal bodies when fought, pummeling Link with their own ribs, jawbones and arms.
  • The Legend of Silkroad: Barbarian enemies are armed with bone clubs for bashing your skull in.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: The Marvel character Marrow gets her powers amped up to fit the visual style. Whereas in the comics she could only create small projectiles and knives, here she can create meter long spikes and clubs the length of her arms.
  • Mega Man Battle Network: SkullMan can hurl around boomerangs themed after a femur bone.
  • Metal Slug 3: Yetis usually don't harm the player, but if you get caught by their freezing breath which turns you into a snowman, and don't shake off the snow in time, they will crush you using giant bones as clubs.
  • MediEvil: You play as a skeleton, and your first weapon is your own arm.
  • Minecraft: Although it's entirely cosmetic and gives no boost, you can hold a bone while punching enemies.
  • Monster Hunter: Many of the early weapons are made out of bone. In fact, one of your earliest Great Swords/long Swords (depends on the version) is, literally, a giant bone.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Shinnok can conjure skeletal constructs of varying sizes, from scythes to giant arms. Mortal Kombat X sees his Necromancer Variation render his forearms with nothing but bare bones up to the elbow yet still functional despite lacking any connective tissue or muscle.
    • Quan-Chi can create skulls to hurl at his opponents.
    • In 11, Baraka's arm blades are retractable bony protrusions by default. They still slice as good as the metallic ones, though.
  • Paranoiascape is a pinball-style game, but played in First-Person. Where the paddles are bones which you use to reflect projectiles back as enemies.
  • Persona 3: Koromaru can use a bone as a weapon.
  • Phantom Brave: You can use both leg bones and skulls as weapons.
  • Planescape: Torment has a few bone clubs that the Nameless One can use if he's a Fighter or Rogue. The basic one is just the femur of a large animal and is prone to breaking when it strikes something, but late in the game you can find a powerful magic club made from the bones of a Vrock demon. In addition to dealing substantial damage, it can poison the target.
  • Pokémon:
    • Cubone and Marowak (pictured on the top of the page) are despited as always holding a Stock Femur Bone in hand, and use bone attacks such as Bone Club, Bonemerang, and Bone Rush. All three used to be exclusive to them until Generation IV. Even in Generation IV and on, Bone Club and Bonemerang are still exclusive to the two; meanwhile, Lucario and Mandibuzz are the only other Pokémon with Bone Rush. The Alolan variant of Marowak introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon uses a longer bone lit with a ghostly flame, and it's also the only Pokémon that learns the move Shadow Bone. To further this trope, the held item Thick Club (known as Thick Bone in Japanese versions), which has the icon of a bone, doubles the Attack stat of a Cubone or Marowak holding it. Marowak is especially notable in that its Attack stat can reach a maximum of 568, the highest Attack stat obtainable in the Pokémon games without the assistance of any kind of buff.
    • Palossand's Violet Dex entry mentions that it fires the bones of its victims out of the hollows in its arms.
  • RuneScape: Some mountain trolls wield bones as weapons. The player can also wield (fairly weak) Bone Daggers, Bone Clubs, Bone Spears, and Dorgeshuun Crossbows (which appear to be made of bones, complete with specialized Bone Bolts). Zanik's Crossbow is a modified and stronger Dorgeshuun Crossbow.
  • Samurai Shodown: Kusaregedo's weapon is a sharpened bone jammed into his forearm.
  • Secret of Evermore: The first "weapon" you get is a large bone.
  • Skul: The Hero Slayer: The protagonist wields a femur as his weapon of choice.
  • Skully sees you playing as an anthropomorphic skull. You can launch yourself as an attack.
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time: Sly's neanderthal ancestor "Bob" uses a giant bone club as his melee weapon to replace his stolen cane.
  • Soulcalibur has the "Meat on the Bone" as an unlockable joke weapon for Lizardman.
  • Splatterhouse: In the reboot, Rick's Berserk Mode has his bones protruding out of him to form giant bone blades.
  • Stinkoman 20X6: One enemy is an obese, robotic chicken that constantly spits bones out of its mouth.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario World: Uniquely for this game, Dry Bones periodically throw bones at Mario or Luigi, and the bones are unaffected by gravity. The only other times in a Mario platformer when they do this are in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2, and in both games they only do this in the Super Mario World game style.
    • New Super Mario Bros.: Instead of throwing hammers, Dry Bowser throws bones at Mario or Luigi during battle.
    • Paper Mario: Dry Bones attack primarily by throwing bones at Mario. In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, they sometimes drop the Bone sticker, allowing Mario himself to attack his enemies that way.
    • Luigi's Mansion: The "Mr. Bones" ghosts throw their bones as weapons. This ends up crumbling them temporarily, however, likely because the bones they throw are holding their structure.
    • Luigi's Mansion 3: Ug's third phase involves him swinging around a T-Rex bone like a club. He also uses it to block Luigi's Strobulb flashes.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Heroes’ Relics that Byleth wields all have bone-like appearances, with the Sword of the Creator's blade in particular looking much like a spine. This is for good reason; they literally are bones, specifically bones from slaughtered dragon children that were forged into weapons.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Bat Outta Hell weapon is a skull and spinal cord used by all classes except for Engineer and Spy.
  • Terraria has the Bone Sword, dropped from Skeletons in the Cavern layer.
  • Trover Saves the Universe: Many of Glorkon's clones fight you with bone swords — as in, they wield a Stock Femur Bone that doesn't appear to be sharpened at all, with a smaller bone acting as a crossguard.
  • Undertale: Being a proud skeleton, all of Papyrus' attacks are bone-based, as are most of his brother Sans' attacks, though Sans adds his own unique twist to several of them.
    Battle text: Papyrus prepares a non-bone attack, then spends a minute fixing his mistake.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption: You can find a Femur and beat the ever loving shit out of vamps as Pissed off Christoph.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • A number of weapons are leg bones. There are also several high quality weapons constructed of bone such as Bryntroll, in these cases losing any of the improvised aspect. Skulls are also a fairly frequent off-hand item spell casters hold to increase their abilities.
    • Death Knights can create bone shields by surrounding themselves with a whirlwind of bones.
    • This carries over from the earlier Diablo II, where there were wands, helmets, and shields made of bone plus socketable demon skulls. All particular favorites of the necromancer class. The Spiritual Successor Hellgate: London follows with Necromancer-inspired abilities to throw bones as javelins and skulls as fragmentation grenades. Some skeletal enemies shoot homing bone spikes and explode with bone shrapnel on death.
  • Weird and Unfortunate Things Are Happening: The Hellbone Bat, for Alicia, who fights with bats. As its Flavor Text says:
    Made from a demon's bone. Smells awful.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Worm: Marquis can grow vast constructs of bone right through his flesh and shape it at will, and he can also manipulate other people's bones if they become exposed.

    Western Animation 
  • Max Steel: In an episode involving a hidden cave of pirate treasure, Max apologizes to a pirate's skeleton before beaning a mook with his skull.
  • X-Men: Evolution: Spyke is a high-school freshman with the mutant ability to project spikes out of his body.

    Real Life 
  • There's evidence that early humans carved, among stone, animal bones into weapons or tools. Knife handles carved from bone or ivory remain popular to this day.
  • In many wilderness survival guides, a suitable animal bone can be used to craft an effective field-expedient edged weapon.
  • The traditional warclub of many Inuit tribes is the penis-bone of a walrus, which can be the size of a baseball bat.
  • Some Australian Aboriginal tribes use the "pointing of the bone" to lay curses.
    • In 1993, after Aboriginal Australian Rules Football player Nicky Winmar had been the target of racial abuse in a game against Collingwood, and their president Allan McAllister had made comments condoning their fans' behaviour, a witch-doctor laid a curse on the club in this manner.
    • In an example of parallel cultural evolution, Navajos and Apaches also believe a witch can curse someone by pointing bones at them. Since fingers are made of bones, Giving Someone the Pointer Finger is really rude in their cultures; they point by pursing their lips toward the indicated object, instead.
  • A pork chop bone was used as a shank by a prisoner... resulting in pork chops no longer being on the menu.


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"Bob's" Club

His "cane" stolen by the Grizz, Bob settles with using a bone club.

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