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"Do bones really look like that?!?!?! Perhaps in cartoons, but not around these parts, pal. This, my friend, is the fossilized remains of one of the treats that were used centuries ago in order to domesticate the local wild animals."
Spore, the description of a Fossilized Domesticated Animal Treat.

In media, whenever a bone that isn't a skull or hip shows up, it's a very good bet it will be the classic femur bone, a straight rod with two evenly-sized bulbs at either end, ignoring the Real Life diversity of ribs, scapulas, clavicles, vertebras, and all the other diverse bones that hold the body in shape. Possibly justified by the femur being the largest, strongest, straightest bone in the body, so it's instantly recognizable, often well preserved, and useful for everything from improvised clubs to dog chew toys to macabre furniture supports.

In media, those femur bones are often symmetrical from both sides, although they aren't like that in Real Life - the top of the femur has one side - the side which connects to the hip, called the femoral head - much more pronounced than the other, essentially being one very noticeable knob connected to a neck which hooks up to the rest of the bone. This is also known as "Cartoon Bone".


In lighthearted works, these are often visible when using X-Ray Sparks. See also Nothing but Skulls.

Not to be confused with an actual animal femur bone used to make stock.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 7 episode 1, the bone the ambassador of Planet Miao offers to the president of Planet Xing Xing is a typical cartoon depiction of a bone.
  • Lamput: Lamput morphs into the shape of a stock femur bone in one episode while he is being held by Fat Doc right next to a dog. Predictably, the dog starts to chase after Fat Doc thinking Lamput is a real bone.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 6, the house of the dog tribe's leader has a big wooden bone of this kind on top of it.

    Comic Books 
  • In Pocket God, Ooga, Klik, Sun, and Kinsee wear this type of bone in their hair. The other pygmies wear more distinct bones.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 uses this as a recurring symbol. The Satellite of Love is shaped like this (a cylinder with two geodesic domes on each end). After Mike takes over as the new host, a bone symbol takes the place of the Gizmonic Institute's "G" logo on the door to the theater. And for the Netflix revival, Kinga Forrester's logo is a skull with two femur bones sticking out of the cranium.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mainly seen in Dantés Lucha Factory and CMLL, El Barbaro Cavernario is prone to wearing a giant femur bone in his hair.


  • The "funny bone" from the classic Operation is one of these.

    Video Games 
  • Among Us: Whenever a crewmate gets killed by the impostor, their body (or at least the remaining lower half) will have a single, large femur bone sticking out where the spine should be.
  • 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 (something James Rolfe mentions during his review of the game).
  • 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.
  • In Secret of Evermore, this becomes your first weapon after arriving in Prehistoria.
  • 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 The Binding of Isaac, the skully enemies throw this as their attack. If you aquire the Compound Fracture item, your character's tears will be replaced by stock femurs that break when they hit an enemy. Also, the character of The Forgotten uses one as a melee weapon when he's in skeleton form, as the ghost form uses normal tears.
  • In Limbo of the Lost, you have to feed some monster dog(s?) using bones of a skeleton. All fine, until 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 & 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 Mario games, Dry Bones throw these at you (starting with their appearance in Super Mario World). This includes their palette swaps in the Paper Mario games.
  • The Bone Essence in MySims 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.
  • Sid & Al's Incredible Toons has "Dog Bone" as one of the standard wall/platform types, distinguished by high slipperiness.
  • If Valentine from Skullgirls loses by time out, she explodes into a pile of femurs and ribcages as a reference to Mortal Kombat.
  • In the cut content of Crash Twinsanity Dr. Neo Cortex was going to go inside Coco's brain for the level "Gone A Bit Coco". The x-ray of her skull shows that her ponytail has these as support.
  • Undertale: The various bone attacks from skeleton brothers Sans and Papyrus take on this form.
  • It's one of the various items from Grow Cube.
  • Fate/Grand Order: The Evil Bone ascension material is a red femur bone.

    Web Animation 
  • Animated Inanimate Battle had a femur bone character, Bone.
  • 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.

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Alternative Title(s): Cartoon Bone


The Bone

Dizzy and Deedee hand over their parent's anniversary bone as a surprise for Fergus.

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