Captain Price - Call of Duty 4
Notable for: Having the finest moustache that HD can muster. Having an agonisingly ambiguous "Is he?/Isn't he?" death. (He is. Probably) Being more heavily mourned than Aeris by certain GamesRadar editors.
Cubone's mother's skull - Pokemon series
Notable for: Being worn on her son's head as part of some hideous necro-oedipal nightmare. Warning us that behind the friendly exterior, Nintendo are a scary bunch of bastards.
Dry Bones - Super Mario series
Notable for: Being the coolest of all Koopa variants. Being utterly invulnerable unless swiped with a piece of yellow cloth. Not letting death stop him from scoring endless cheap goals in Mario Strikers: Charged.
Drowned Lara - Tomb Raider: Underworld
Notable for: Maintaining the tradition of great drowning animations in Tomb Raider games. Doing a bizarre head-banging animation for twenty seconds before eventually croaking.
Two Minutes. One Video. Fifty-five perforated skulls
Disturbing images you were never meant to see
A pictorial history of our skinless friends, from NES to PS3
We spew a whole mess of gore-soaked games you've never heard of - and we do mean mess