SkeleTONS: nearly every bony bastard in the gaming universe

A few months ago we had this idea to make a “Skeletons of Street Fighter” feature. Street Fighter IV hype was asploding across the webs (GamesRadar included) and we felt there was no better time to excuse a barrage of boney bastards across the site.

Then we thought, “why stop with Street Fighter?” There’ve got to be a billion goddam skeletons creeping through virtual graveyards just begging to have their toothy visage slapped on the immortal internet. Who are we to deny them such a privilege? So, without further yammering, we present, just in time for Halloween (y Dia de los Muertos), the biggest batch of skelleys you’ve ever seen... starting with Street Fighter II.


Anyone remotely familiar with television sets and fun should recognize the glowing assortment of bones above. Blanka, one of our office favorites, could charge his body with enough juice to incapacitate opponents, revealing their myriad bone structures in the process. Then came...


It’s a deadite dance party! Who knew receiving lethal amounts of muscle-shredding lightning was so fun? Also: love how Akuma and Birdie keep their accessories on even while being fried.


SFIII doesn’t have the luxury of Blanka’s X-Ray beams, so you have to go with bendy/stretchy weirdo Necro. Can you tell who’s who just by their writhing skeleton?


Skullomania isn’t actually a walking dead man. Instead he’s a soulless corporate shill who has nothing left to live for and decides to dress up like a skeleton and fight crime.


Moving from Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat (once upon a time among the most bitter rivalries in all of gaming), we see a distinct shift in skeletal showmanship. No more cartoony depictions, these are the real deal, meant to shock the other player into such a frightened state that he ignores how utterly broken the first Mortal Kombat is. Seriously, it’s crap.


Now this is more like it – a fiery, screaming skeleton from MK II that provides macabre pleasure for the victor and a halfway decent gameplay experience for everyone involved. Can someone tell Scorpion that mouths don’t open like that?

Flaming death, this time looking straight on instead of a side view. Kombat was going places when part three released in 1995. The movie had just come out, the franchise was nearly as popular as Street Fighter (if not more), and then they squandered it all on goofy fatalities and dumbass friendships. Maybe MKvsDCU will bring much needed change to the series... plus maybe we get to see Scorpion burn Superman into an ashy pile of smoldering bones.

Next page – Castlevania, Final Fantasy and more classic franchises!



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  • EYE8URBRAINS - February 23, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    what about in the original super smash brothers. When you were shocked by Pikachu, you were a pretty awesome looking skeleton
  • Oxfordcomma4 - February 25, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    Time Splitters is, in my opinion, the best, no second best, multiplayer game the Cube has to offer. Second after SSB:Melee. It has more than skeletons. It's got all sorts of random-ass characters than you can fire a minigun at. ReCapcha: Economy Gold.........WHAT?!?
  • SenorChunky - August 25, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    The 9th Skeleton on The First Entry, Street Fighter II, is Chun-Li, I think, look at the black area's Chunky-Thunder Thighs
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 31, 2008 7:27 p.m.

    Lol @ Chrono Cross! Skelly was my favorite character in that game :D
  • GoldenMe - October 31, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    Shizcakes, that's a lot of skeletons. I happen to remember Lost Vikings the most. By god that was an awesome game. Great Article GR!
  • TrIp13G - November 1, 2008 3:04 a.m.

    When I was younger, the only thing I remember about playing Uninvited is the ghost killing me. Oh, and nice coverage of the CV skeletons. Classic.
  • Wizrai - November 1, 2008 3:05 a.m.

    No Devil May Cry-ish skeleton?
  • vincenzo - November 1, 2008 3:46 p.m.

    No Maximo? or was i the only one that played that game...
  • drprofessor - November 1, 2008 5:35 p.m.

    Nice list. I played Astyanax and have a vague ability to say it properly lol. Was also fun identifying all those street fighter characters by there posture and skeleton.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - November 1, 2008 7:12 p.m.

    @ ElkRider1 Murray is just a floating skull from what I remember. This was full skeletons. However, I do indeed now have a folder full of skulls for another day...
  • Defguru7777 - November 2, 2008 3:37 a.m.

    I love the Bowser skeleton from New Super Mario Bros.
  • Xplosive59 - November 2, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    were the heck is dry bones from mario!?!?!?
  • Mrinsane117 - November 3, 2008 2:09 a.m.

    you guys forgot dry bones from almost all the mario games. Turok has lots of skeleton dinosaurs although they arent alive.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 3, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    OH NOS!!! teh fartbonerlol *dies* @ oreomonkey What was it supposed to say
  • LionheartAce - November 3, 2008 10:56 p.m.

    Grim Fandango is the awesome. Skelly is a close second.
  • zerohero - November 4, 2008 4:54 a.m.

    Ha Ha on Skelly's description for "Build" it says "boney"
  • SandroTheMaster - November 5, 2008 3:37 a.m.

    You know what? I'm mad, GR whored all skeletons from boring as hell JRPGs and left most of the big names in western PC RPGs out cold.
  • FierceDeity - October 31, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    first stalfos ftw
  • smallberry - October 31, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    WooHoooo Manny Calavera! *cough*PC adventure game*cough* Anyway great article. Can't wait for T-Dar episode 25!
  • skyguy343 - October 31, 2008 7:42 p.m.

    was waiting for Mega Man 4 btw : fartbonerlol, didnt see THAT coming(sarcastically)

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