SkeleTONS: nearly every bony bastard in the gaming universe

Oblivion’s straight-up fantasy world doesn’t dick around – these skeletons are of classic design. No more, no less.

With so much gooey red stuff to spew, Kratos’ skeletal enemies take a backseat so he can splatter as much gore as possible. When they’re there, you probably won’t even notice.

Private Eye Fred Neuman gains the ability to swap heads for various abilities, one of which happens to be semi-skeletony, albeit with razor hands and some kind of brain matter lining the sides.

Speaking of stuff lining bones, these baddies are stuck in neither zombie nor skeleton limbo. Just a bit too meaty to fully qualify, but juuuust gone enough to sneak in. Well played, guys.

Costumes play a big part in Bully, Rockstar’s other-other game from 2006 and twice again in 2008. Yes, all the same game.


No, not the latest sequel that’s being critically annihilated, we’re talking classic-ass Golden Axe from the arcade, the one that devoured quarters, ended relationships and caused DCFS to remove at least one child from their inattentive parents.

Okay that probably never happened. But still, cool skeleton. Those missing teeth mean he got in a fight, and since he’s still here, that means he won.


Earlier we said Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts was the hardest franchise of all time. Ninja Gaiden might be runner up, partially thanks to this bone dragon from the Xbox remake, or PS3 remake-remake.


Kingdom Hearts sends you a-rescuin’ all over the Disneyverse, but there’s nary a world we’d rather visit than Halloween Town, home of Jack Skellington and most of Hot Topic’s employees.




  • 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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