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!




  • 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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