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SkeleTONS: nearly every bony bastard in the gaming universe

Let’s take a step back for a spell – remember these guys, terrorizing Simon and Trevor Belmont? No? Then you must not be old like us. Oh, 1986...

Eight more bits somehow made the Castlevania IV skelleys less substantial, with hovering bones that don’t actually connect to joints.

Couple of years later we saw Dracula X and Castlevania: Bloodlines, both with their own assortment of deformed dog/hunchback/grabby sacks ‘o’ bones.

What would any stroll through Castlevania’s past be without a nod to the very special reaper of souls, Mr. Grim? We love ya buddy, even if you’re a stupidly difficult jerkass occasionally voiced by Norm MacDonald.

Anyone play or know how to say Astyanax? Didn’t think so. Probably should’ve included it in our list of mispronounced game names, huh?

Final Fantasy is absolutely loaded with monsters, so choosing which skeletons to rip was like deciding which grain of sand is sandier than the rest. These boys hail from the first, third and fourth games in the series.

Capcom used to have its own RPG powerhouse back in the day, known as Breath of Fire. Looks like these are more adept than your typical skeleton though, all riding horses and stuff.

The second game is available on Wii’s Virtual Console, apparently filled with more shockingly capable undead minions. Not sure why they wear armor though... isn’t the point of it to protect your vital organs? Just go nuts dude, you can’t die twice.

Next page – Zelda, Lost Vikings and Dragon Quest!

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43 comments

  • Netsurfer733 - October 30, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    Must...add...shout out...to Warlords Battlecry 1, 2, and 3! Skeleton spam ftw!!!
  • BarryNomad - October 29, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    Wait wait wait... you're telling me that the Saturn classic Mr. Bones did not get a mention?!
  • AntistaIsTheLight - October 28, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    "TimeSplitters 2 is one of the few amazing FPSs fro GameCube, so please" I havent read all the comments so someone might have noticed but i have to be the smart ass to notice...TYPO!!!
  • Mexicutioner - October 27, 2009 2:44 p.m.

    I'm surprised that Goof Troop, a game that starred both Goofy and his son Max, was not mentioned on here. There was a dual of bosses in, I think, the eighth level. The way they fought you was by them throwing a boomerang made of their own bones at you. Additionally, the Goof Troop had a fantastic soundtrack and is probably why I still even remember that damn game.
  • TKTOWA - October 27, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    Mr. Bones, the blues musician from Saturn/PS1? Oh well, it's a little obscure. But big cheers for mentioning Undead Knight from Guardian Heroes/best fighting game ever.
  • mertor3190 - October 27, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    Awesome! Halloweek. My birthday is on Halloween, this is perfect.
  • oldgrammastinkyfeet - October 26, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    What about the unlockable character in Skate (2?)
  • SandroTheMaster - November 5, 2008 3:35 a.m.

    Morrowind notwithstanding you forgot the Might and Magic series, which presented awesome skeletons from the first one to the last, including the Heroes of Might and Magic spin-off, and YOU could be a skeleton... well... the mage in your team could become a lich with awesome look... And in Heroes you had a team with Skeletons as the bulk of their forces AND skeletal dragons as a bonus, as well as skeleton Heroes with one that stands out for his personality and grim reapper look. Want a tip? Look at my name.
  • Sly_Fox - November 4, 2008 11:03 p.m.

    you guys missed morrowind
  • iggzy880 - November 3, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    I'm just happy to see Manny and the Grim Fandango crowd named
  • thebigmo1 - November 3, 2008 1:49 a.m.

  • TheWebSwinger - November 2, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    Ya know what, I read this whole book of an article, only because it probably took Brett about a month to do. ...also because it's a damn interesting read.
  • Gorlack2231 - November 2, 2008 6:52 p.m.

    a Entire page for Street Fighter. wow. Are ReDeads form Zelda Zombies or Skeletons?
  • Tikicobra - November 2, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    Medievil FTW! Probably the best PS1 game ever.
  • oreomonkey - November 2, 2008 4:37 a.m.

    wow.... that was not supposed to say that
  • oreomonkey - November 2, 2008 4:36 a.m.

    sıɥʇ ǝʞıן ǝɯosǝʍɐ ɯı ƃɯo
  • Defguru7777 - November 2, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    I love the Bowser skeleton from New Super Mario Bros.
  • Ravenbom - November 2, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    Wow! Holy complete complete list Batman! Or Brettman, if you will... And people say that Americans are just getting fatter year by year. Clearly they all have eating disorders, and are trying to make up for their inadequacies by attacking other sprites.
  • lava_lamp - November 1, 2008 2:11 p.m.

    i wish i could get my hands on a copy of grim fandango i loved pyschonauts and i want to play Shaffer's other games now. (cant wait for brutal legend)
  • ElkRider1 - November 1, 2008 1:07 p.m.

    You missed out Murray, from the Monkey Island franchise! How could you?

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