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Mankind's first hoodie.
Professor: According to legend, Hercules, at eighteen, went alone into the woods and killed the Thespian Lion... and for the rest of his life, he wore its skin.
Hellboy: So you're telling me that kid was the ghost of his pants?
Professor Bruttenholm: Cloak, Hellboy. He wore its skin as a cloak.
Hellboy, "The Hydra and The Lion"

So, your hero has managed to showcase his woodland prowess felling a powerful woodlands creature with naught but a pointy stick, a bit of dental floss and gum. What better way to show his superiority over nature than to show him fully clothed in animal skin attire? Especially manly characters will wear the entire open-mouthed head of the animal as a hood, as in the page picture.

In Real Life, this would be a complicated process. note  However, you're not likely to see this in an action based series because it's time consuming and not as fun to watch as the slaying of the creature. Despite all this, the trope is used because it's just that cool.

If it's in a tundra or very cold environment, expect this to be used to justify his survival in this environment.

If portrayed realistically, it serves as an example of good survival skills (trained hunters know how to skin and butcher a downed large animal in a few hours' span with only their knives) and (if the hunter is stranded in the wild) his adaptation to his new environment.

The trope namer is the Nemean Lion slain by Heracles.

Can also overlap with Pelts of the Barbarian and with Head Hat. Compare Carcass Sleeping Bag, for when you don't have access to magical tanning skills. Also compare Animal Disguise, which may be made of an actual animal skin.

See also Improvised Clothes.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku once skins a tiger. He must have done it with his bare hands because the only tool he has on him at that time is his power pole.
  • In Dr. STONE, Tsukasa skins the lion he killed seconds after being revived and wears its pelt as a cloak. This may be a direct reference to the original Heracles myth, since Tsukasa is the World's Strongest Man.
  • In Excel♡Saga, Excel once did this to a crocodile. As she had to do it bare-handed, it left her hands badly torn.
  • In Hajime no Ippo, Takamura once took out a bear by punching it a bunch of times. He let the bear live because she was only protecting her cub. However, Nekota came across the bear, killed it, and made bear stew. In Takamura's next fight, he wore the bear skin as part of his grand entrance.

    Comic Books 
  • Black Panther:
    • T'Challa's ancestors are sometimes portrayed as wearing actual panther skins, rather than an outfit designed to resemble one.
    • Black Panther foe Man-Ape actualy wears the skin of the sacred white gorilla he killed and ate, with the gorilla's head forming a hood.
  • Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith has Tarkin leading a team of expert bounty hunters to hunt down and kill Darth Vader. The story opens with the bounty hunters seeing Vader in the distance, wearing the skin of an animal that can change to fit its surroundings. Apart from this useful feature, Tarkin also notes that the animal was the apex predator on the planet, so Vader flaunting the cloak also serves as a Badass Boast to his hunters.
  • Hawkman foe Thrill-Killer was originally a hunter known for killing a Kasta Bird, which can paralyze with a single strike, with his bare hands. Since then he has taken to wearing its skin as a fearsome cloak.
  • Prior to Flashpoint Hercules Unbound often wore the Nemean Lion's skin as a cloak or cape.
  • Invincible: After killing him in an epic, days-long battle, Thragg does this to Battle Beast. In a later panel where he's shown recovering, Thragg has his pelt draped over his shoulders.
  • Spawn: Upon arriving in the afterlife naked, the first thing Billy Kincaid does is kill some sort of lizard thing and take its skin for clothes.
  • In an Elseworld mashup of Superman and The Jungle Book, K'l'l of the wolves manages to turn Shere Khan's skin into this.
  • In one scene in X-Men: Regenesis, Cyclops is seen wearing a hood made from a lion's head. Word of God is that the writer made a slight typo in describing the scene to the artist, writing "lion cloth" instead of "loin cloth", but they kept it as-is.

    Films — Animation 
  • Beowulf (2007): There's a barbarian with a wolf skin. It's likely meant to be a pun on the name, "Beowulf". In which case it would be a lame pun, as Beowulf's name comes from "Bee Wolf," that is a bear, which he was described as being able to grapple like one.
  • Epic (2013): Mandrake and his son Dagda wear the pelts of a bat and a rat respectively as hooded cloaks. Dagda specifically made his to mimic his father; Mandrake genuinely complimenting him on it is one of the film's earliest hints that Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Fire and Ice (1983): The mysterious warrior Darkwolf wears a hood made from the pelt taken from the head of wolf.
  • Hercules: A reference to the original myth is kept when Hercules is seen posing for a picture in a lion-skin. The best part? It looks like Scar.
  • Hercules (Pure Magic): Hercules wears a lion pelt, although the Trope Namer isn't present in the movie.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 300: Leonidas skins a giant wolf without a knife, and wears it as a cape. He did this as a teenager and to prove that he deserved to be the king of Proud Warrior Race Guys.
  • Atlanna in Aquaman (2018), having fought past a massive swarm of flesh-crazed Fish People in the past, is shown wearing an outfit made from their scales and teeth.
  • In Black Zoo, during the meeting of the animal cult, the high priest Radu and Michael Conrad wear robes of tiger skin with the entire open-mouthed head of the tiger as a hood. It is not established where the robes came from, however.
  • In Conan the Barbarian (1982), when a fleeing Conan finally finds a weapon, the wolves that had been hounding him reappear. Cut to Conan wearing their skins.
  • The Edge Anthony Hopkins' character and Alec Baldwin's killed a bear in the Alaska wild and in the next shot were walking around in nice warm bear skin coats.
  • Hercules (2014): Hercules wears the skin of the Nemean lion (or a lion at least, since that story was possibly made up in-universe: it's left ambiguous in the film).
  • Serenity: A particularly macabre version of this: the Reavers wear clothing made from skins — human skins.
  • In Tropic Thunder, the lead kills a panda (accidentally, and much to his horror), whose skin he wears as part of his "descent into madness".
  • Willow: The Brownie named Rool wears the skin of a mouse, complete with mouse head hood.
  • In Windwalker the ancient, returning-from-the-dead, chief has an adrenaline boosting run-in with a bear. After killing it, he wears its pelt to keep warm in the snow.

  • Cretan Chronicles: The first possible enemy encountered by Alteus is a wolf; if killed, he can wear its pelt, which provides some armor.
  • In the 3rd Sagard the Barbarian gamebooks by Gary Gygax, Sagard and his pirates could end up fighting a giant lobster. After killing it, your crew can render down the lobster and uses its shell to create an armor that's stronger than steel chain-mail.

  • Gary Jennings' monumental novel Aztec chronicles the life of Mixtli, a man who rises in Aztec society just before the Spanish conquest. One episode cocerns Mixtli and his trading expedition fighting and killing a jaguar. The animal is skinned with the intention of having the skin tanned and preserved when they reach a town; a slave is detailed to wear the uncured skin. Unfortunately for the slave it takes several days to reach a town where the skin could be cured and tanned; Mixtli drily notes that by then, it has rotted under the Mexican sun and everybody is trying not to stand too close to the hapless slave.
  • As part of disguising themselves as tribesmen late in The Belgariad, Belgarath, Silk and Garion take out a few rabbits and sew the skins to their clothing. They later tear them off when the smell gets too strong, after they've served their purpose.
  • John Jakes' Conan the Barbarian Expy, Brak, wore a lion skin and not much else most of the time.
  • Codex Alera: Canim Ritualists are believers in this trope and dress themselves in cloaks made from the skins of their enemies. Since most of the Canim encountered in the series are those who war with and raid human realms, most of the witnessed Ritualists dress in human-skin cloaks. The Shuaran Ritualists, on the other hand, dress in Vord-chitin robes.
  • The Dark Tower series shows all of the steps that are needed to tan hides, and how long it takes to do it.
  • In Emperor: The Death of Kings, Corvix has a head dress made from the head of a lion that he killed many years ago.
  • Michael Havel, a.k.a. Lord Bear of the Bearkillers, from S. M. Stirling's Emberverse trilogy, wears on his helmet the head of the bear that earned him and the outfit their names. Subverts the trope by making Havel nearly get killed by the bear, and tanning is done by specialists off-page.
  • The seraphs of The Fold wear roughly made leather cloaks skinned and processed so poorly that they are immediately recognizable as human origin.
  • Mack of Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed pulls the realistic version with a number of animals that he kills, down to a few of the early tanning jobs going bad because he didn't have time to properly treat the skin.
  • My Side of the Mountain has the protagonist kill a deer through use of traps, and the process of tanning its hide is long, complicated, and detailed. Kid has a good memory.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, The Titan's Curse: after they kill the Nemean Lion, it magically skins itself and not only that, because of the Mist's effects on mortal vision, it suddenly becomes a leather trench coat.
  • In A Practical Guide to Evil Rafaella, the Valiant Champion, is fond of taking trophies from defeated worthy opponents. To quite some people's disgust and anger, she makes a cape out of The Captain's fur.
  • The Big Bad of the fifth Redwall book, The Bellmaker, is Urgan Nagru, a fox who (allegedly) killed a wolf then took his name and pelt for himself. Nagru is Hoist by His Own Petard when he gets rammed into a tree, causing the teeth of the wolf's skull to stab through his head and kill him.
  • In Something from the Nightside, Belle wears the pelt of a werewolf she caught and skinned over her back, with its head draped over her own as per the pic above. In her case, she didn't need to tan or even clean the pelt, as she magically linked the fresh skin to her own body to acquire the werewolf's Healing Factor.
  • In the third Eugenics Wars novel from the Star Trek Expanded Universe, Khan Noonien Singh engages in this. He wears the skin of a big cat he killed after it terrorized his people's settlement.
  • Tarzan of the Apes novel: Averted, believe it or not. Tarzan kills a big cat and plans to wear its skin: "But he found the hide had dried as stiff as a board, and as he knew naught of tanning, he was forced to abandon his cherished plan."
  • In Through Wolf's Eyes, Firekeeper's original outfit was made out of the hide of a deer she had killed herself. It is explicitly mentioned that the leather of her outfit is of low quality, as she was literally Raised by Wolves and knew nothing of practical tanning. The garment design itself is also of low quality (She basically just cut a hole in the middle of the crudely tanned hide and stuck her head through it, then cut off a thin strip to use as a belt), as she also knew nothing of practical tailoring.
  • In Updraft, the invisibility of a certain monster is inherent to its skin, a fact which comes in handy when Kirit wants to make herself hard to find. It's not a very clean process, but it works.

    Live Action TV 
  • Angel. When Connor returns to our world after growing up in a demon dimension, he's wearing "things that I've killed", though he's pragmatic enough to steal a leather jacket off a gangbanger to save him the trouble of this trope.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In BattleTech, within Clan Ghost Bear, Warriors may undergo the Clawing Ritual in which teams of high-ranking unClawed warriors are given basic provisions including a simple metal spear and hunting dogs, and journey into Strana Mechty's punishing Antarctic region to kill a ghost bear and bring back its carcass as proof. If successful the Warriors feast on the bear's meat and a cloak is made for each member of the hunting party (due to a ghost bear's size there is enough hide to make a good-sized cloak for every member), with the Warrior who landed the killing blow being allowed to ornament his or her own cloak with the animal's teeth while the other participants ornament theirs with the animal's claws. Most outside Clan Ghost Bear consider it counter-intuitive that the Clan hunts and kills their totem animal but it is justified by Clan Ghost Bear since these expeditions are very rarely successful. Warriors who succeed gain considerable prestige within the Clan and receive more consideration for rank advancement.
  • Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting:
    • The Armor of the Valiant Soul is breastplate armor made from the scales of a green and black dragon and is ironically possessed by another dragon, J'mon Sa Ord, implying he slew members of his own kind.
    • Ashari Firetamers wear armor made from red dragon scales, a testament to their role in preventing red dragons from escaping from the Elemental Plane of Fire and their historic battle against an ancient red dragon.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has the longstanding tradition of converting a dragon corpse into one or more sets of dragonhide armor. Older editions tend to note what magic items or whatnot a given monster can be converted into - the aurumvorax, for example, is a badger-like beast that eats precious metals, but if slain with a minimum of slashing damage, its golden pelt can be worth a small fortune, or serve as flashy armor.
  • In Myriad Song Towser pelts can be made into some of the best armor in the game. It's also illegal because Towsers are sapient.
  • A very common foe in Scion. "Nemean" is a term that refers to any animal that is supernaturally huge, powerful, and evil, usually somehow related to the titans. A nemean lion can be the size of an elephant. A nemean elephant can be the size of a house. All of them generally look like gigantic versions of the common animals, but sometimes they have some monstrous features. The skin of a nemean animal is nigh impenetrable, and many heroes have made coats, cloaks, or jackets from nemean beast skin that are the best non-Relic armor available in the setting (and often enough, they become Relics). On a sidenote, once you become so powerful that a lion the size of an elephant is your version of a common mook, don't worry: there are also Typhonian animals, that are big enough to provide a serious challenge to gods. A typhonian lion can be the size of a tall building, its hide is even tougher, and if you skin it, is even better a prize...
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer:
      • The White Lions of Chrace, the elite bodyguards of the High Elf Phoenix King, wear the pelts of the beasts they take their name from with Korhil, the Captain of the White Lions, wearing the hide of the mutated great lion Charndis that he strangled with his bare hands. These lion cloaks are so thick that they grant their wearers added protection against missile attacks.
      • The Black Arc Corsairs of the Dark Elves wear cloaks made from the scales of the sea dragons that inhabit the waters surrounding Naggaroth. Although light and flexible, these scale cloaks are incredibly tough, offering perfect protection for the otherwise lightly armoured piratical raiders.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • The Marines of some Astartes Chapters (such as the Space Wolves and Salamanders) cover their armour with cloaks, charms and fetishes made from the skins of their homeworld’s most ferocious lifeforms. These skins are often from the creatures that the Marine had to slay as part of their Chapter’s initiation rituals, such as the pelt of the great Blackmaned Wolf that gave Ragnar Blackmane his name.
      • The Chaos Marine Mad Scientist Fabius Bile is famous for wearing a lab coat made from human skin.
    • In Necromunda, the Ratskin natives of the Underhive got their name from their tradition of wearing cloaks made from the skins of the Necromundan Giant Rats that they hunt for food. This is most prominent with the 1st Edition models with the 2nd Edition versions going in more of a rat fur clad, techno-barbarian direction.

    Video Games 
  • Cereal Soup: According to a Loading Screen tip, the Suricate (meerkat) and Canis (canine) species celebrate their coming-of-age ceremonies by wearing the skins of either their dead relatives or their first kill, though this counts as Gameplay and Story Segregation as whenever players grow their characters, no ceremony or even a reference to that ceremony occurs.
  • Chrono Trigger: Whatever Ayla killed to make her outfit, she decided it looked better with the tail attached. Justified as this is 65 Million BC. It's not like they had many other options.
  • In Destiny 2: Forsaken, one of the Scorned Barons, Pirrha the Rifleman, wears the pelt of a Cabal War Beast in this fashion.
  • Dead Man's Hand have you facing fur trappers in one stage, many of them who wears skinned bear pelts as hoods.
  • You can do this to various creatures in Dungeon Crawl. Things like yaks and elephants will just give you plain ol' animal skins, but chopping up trolls and dragons gets you better-quality hides. You still have to enchant said hides in order to make worthwhile armor out of them, though (after all, you don't have the time or the equipment to craft armor the old-fashioned way).
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, officers of the Stormcloak Rebellion wear a bearskin cape and cowl, while a Dragonborn who maxes out their Smithing skill can craft a suit of Dragonbone or Dragonscale armor (as well as Dragonbone weapons). There's also the quest for the Daedric Prince Hircine where you're sent to kill and skin a werewolf to make a piece of armor. Also, while he's not seen wearing anything like this outside of game mods, a particularly infamous werewolf hunter is named "Krev The Skinner."
  • Far Cry Primal features quite a few examples of this, since the game is set in prehistoric Central Europe. On the evil side, Warchief Ull of the Udam tribe wears the skin of a massive white cave bear with its head visible over his back. On the protagonist's side, Jayma the huntress and Tensay the shaman both wear wolf skins, and in Tensay's case, he wears a pair of deer antlers in his wolf's head.
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
    • The Frumentarii, spies of Caesar's Legion, all wear Vexillarius helms made from coyotes, foxes, and other desert-dwelling canines. Except when going undercover, obviously. At one point, a Courier with the Terrifying Presence perk can panic Caesar's spymaster by boasting "I'll wear your head like you wear that dog's."
    • The Lonesome Road DLC adds Colonel Royez, a superboss who wears a unique suit of Powered Armor decorated with bear fur.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: You can get certain weapons, armors and accessories by poaching monsters and trading them—all you have to do is equip the relevant support skill and have that character do the last hit on the monster. The skinning happens instantly and removes the monster, corpse and all, from the battlefield. Very useful for getting rid of ghost- and zombie-type enemies, who have a chance of coming back to life every time they die.
  • God Eater Burst has a similar mechanic as Monster Hunter.
  • Explicitly averted in Mabinogi (at least as of the original in-game region): the only leather you can use has been harvested and de-furred (and presumably tanned) by less civilized species than the player characters.
  • While not strictly this trope, some of Kirby's copy abilities in the Super Smash Bros. games take on an aesthetic that evokes it when he copies some of the more beastly or animalistic fighters, such as Yoshi and Ridley.
  • If the Psychopathic Manchild kills the dog in Lakeview Cabin Collection Part III, he will wear its skin as a hat.
  • Monster Hunter: This trope is required to move beyond starter equipment because the stuff you find in the shops is quickly outdated. However, while most of your armor and weaponry are made of the bones, shell, and hide of things you hunt down and kill/capture, you never make it yourself during a hunt, but rather take the materials in to a professional to have them processed and crafted into a suit of armor/weapon (As demonstrated in the opening of Freedom Unite, which explains why crafting also costs money on-top of materials). There's also the Nerscylla in Monster Hunter 4'', which is known to skin Gypceros hides to wear, as well as the Shrouded Nerscylla which wears Khezu hides.
  • Raft: If you kill a big animal such as a shark or bear, you can take their head and wear it as a mask.
  • In The Reckoning, units of the Jackal Clan (a stereotypical post-apocalyptical raider faction) wear a cougar head as headgear.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, the pelts of animals you kill can be sold to the trapper. These pelts are used to make special clothing options, including a bear-head hat (gotten from taking down a legendary bear).
  • In Shop Heroes, the Druid you can hire to work in your shop (making potions and working with wood) wears the whole hide of a white-furred, horned creature of some sort.
  • Team Fortress 2: One cosmetic item available to the Heavy is the Bear Necessities, a mantle made from the head and forepaws of a bear. To quote the item description, "In Siberia, bear try to attack family. He try this once. Now he is little hat."
  • Toukiden: The body parts of the large oni are purified and made into various armor and weapon. They don't resemble their source materials, but they do give similar traits.
  • Chroma from Warframe wears the pelt of a draconic creature. Said pelt can be turned into a stationary sentry gun capable of obliterating groups of enemies by itself.
  • World of Warcraft: If you take the skinning profession then you can skin any beast (and a few smaller critters) as long as you've got a high enough skill level. This ranges from rabbits to massive dragons. And often enough, in skinning both huge and tiny animals, you tend to get the same kind of leather in the same amount. E.g., giant dinosaur and tiny gazelle might give 1-2 Light Leather each. Oh, but you can't skin Tauren. No matter how badly you may want to. Some bosses give specific leathers that can't be acquired any other way, though they've let this practice pass and any equipment from this will now be entirely out of date.
  • The XCOM 2: Alien Hunters DLC adds powerful Alien Rulers that, once defeated, unlock special projects to convert their corpses into armor your soldiers can wear. They not only confer special abilities based on the Ruler in question, but also have a chance to cause lesser aliens to panic after seeing a soldier wearing the hide of their champion.

    Web Comics 
  • Subverted in Oglaf where a character appears to be wearing a bear's skin but is actually being attacked by a "flatbear".
  • In The Order of the Stick, Belkar is fond of finding innovative uses for kobold bodyparts after he's killed them. The first time he does this is when he uses the head of Yikyik as an impromptu leather hat.
  • Schlock Mercenary had one sequence that made reference to the absurd number of steps (though only showing some). Of course they manage to skip some thanks to Schlock's... unique biology.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: In the episode "Susan Strong", Finn discovers a tribe of humans at least, he thinks they're humans, that wear animal skins as hats, similar to Finn's own hat. The fifth season episode "Little Dude" left Finn with the need for a new hat.
    Jake: Okay. Let's go skin an evil bear. [upon which point his hand grows a terrifying knife]
    • The seventh season revealed the reason for the animal skin hats: a thousand years prior, shortly after the apocalypse, humans began wearing them to disguise their appearance and scent from vampires and other creatures that wished to feast on them. The trend stuck even after such dangers were eradicated.
  • American Dad!: In the episode "Bush Comes to Dinner" when Stan drops Hayley into his "Pit of No Return", she shows up alive later, prompting Stan to ask how she got past what was supposedly his guard beasts (we don't know what they were for sure because Hayley cuts him off). She killed them all, even the younglings, and used their hides to make Stan a wallet.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The chief of the Zhang tribe wears the skin of a hog-monkey with the head perched on her shoulder.
    • Avatar Kuruk manifests wearing the skin of a polar bear-dog to suggest he's a badass.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Similar to the Foster's example below, the episode "Dexter the Barbarian" has Dexter, imagining he's a barbarian warrior, wearing a fur like this after fighting a pack of wolves. It later turns out that he had shaved the family dog.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In the movie Abra-Catastrophe!, after monkeys become the dominant species, the world changes to become jungle-themed, and Timmy's parents are attacked by leopards. The next time we see them, they're wearing leopard skin clothes and discussing all the other things they've made with the skins (but nothing for Timmy).
  • Fangbone!: Twinkle-Stick the wizard wears a unicorn pelt in this style.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: A feverish Bloo (as his alter ego Bloo Superdude) fights a vicious giant pink rabbit and wears his skin afterwards. Turns out it was Eduardo's stuffed bunny, Paco.
  • Justice League: In the episode "Hereafter," Superman, having been blasted into the far future, under a red sun, is accosted by big mutated wolves, until he makes himself a sword and kills their leader, wearing its skin as a cape afterward. It clearly took time for him to fashion the skin into a cape, which would certainly be easier than making it into a tunic or something anyway and require way less skill to pull off.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Wolf's... well, wolf pelt is this. In particular, it's later revealed to be the pelt of her adoptive mother, who she killed after she and the rest of said wolf family tried to eat her.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Although it's only mentioned twice in passing, the show implies that the original Nemean Lion is an inversion; the skin Heracles wears is theorized to be his costume while transformed with an otherwise unknown Lion Miraculous.
  • The Secret Saturdays: In "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit", Argost kills and skins a fireproof lizard man, then wears his skin as a suit to allow him to swim through the lava inside a volcano.
  • The Simpsons: In "Pixelated and Afraid", one of the problems Homer and Marge face while stranded in the woods is being threatened by a vicious wolverine. They eventually manage to kill it, and it's later shown they fashioned its hide into a handbag.
  • The Venture Brothers: In the "Ice Station Impossible!" episode, Brock does this to a polar bear in seconds to help Dr. Venture survive being dumped naked in the tundra. In fairness, both Brock and the bear pelt were absolutely covered in blood. That didn't stop Dr. Venture from wearing it for the rest of the episode, including after he got back to the station, and while working in the lab to cure a volatile mutagen.
  • Wakfu: In season 1 episode 17, Sadlygrove shears a pack of arctic dog-like beasts with one slash of his sword — without even killing them — to provide wool for his companions.
  • Wander over Yonder: The episode "The Bounty" depicts a case of this backfiring on the wearer, Evil Poacher Bounty Hunter Rongruffle the Huntress. When she runs afoul of another specimen of the alien species that provided her with her skull and pelt, it's none too pleased.

    Real Life 
  • The Vexillarius and the Imaginifer in the Roman Army wore headdresses made from the head of a wolf.
  • The term berserker literally means "bear jacket" and refers to Norse warriors who wore bear pelts in combat.
  • Aztec priests of Xipe Totec ("The Flayed One") skinned their Human Sacrifices and paraded in their (untreated) skins for twenty days. It's supposed to be symbolic of how their god sheds his skin and is reborn in a golden body every year, which itself symbolizes the maize harvest being husked.
  • A Cosplay example here. The cookie farmers are safe once more - for another year, at least.
  • Certain species of assassin bug that prey on ants will take the desiccated remains and place them on their bodies as a form of camouflage against potential predators.

Alternative Title(s): Animal Skin Attire