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The Most Notorious Skeleton Characters of All Time

Updated November 1, 2020 27.7k votes 3.2k voters 84.2k views58 items

List RulesNotable skeleton characters that are undead, animated, or are physically manifested by a curse.

Animated human skeletons have been used as a personification of death since the Middle Ages. From Jack Skellington to Skeletor, the skeleton character is often a type of physically manifested undead found in fantasy, gothic and horror fiction, and mythical art. Despite having no live flesh covering, he or she is still mobile. Most are human skeletons, but they can also be from any creature or race found on Earth or in the fantasy world. The following is a list of some that have gained notoriety in fantasy movies, television, and animated features, with names and images. Sometimes it's as simple as looking the most badass.
Which are powerful, spooky, or even funny? Vote up your favorite skeletons, whether cartoon or live-action, from a movie or TV show or any other media.
  • 1
    Jack Skellington
    1,646
    498

    Jack Skellington

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
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  • 2
    Skeletor
    1,321
    480

    Skeletor

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword
    Masters of the Universe
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  • 3
    Dancing Skeletons
    774
    255

    Dancing Skeletons

    Silly Symphonies - The Skeleton Dance
    Silly Symphonies - The Skeleton Dance
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  • 4
    Ghost Rider
    962
    388

    Ghost Rider

    Ghost Rider
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  • 5
    Grim
    1,136
    429

    Grim

    Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy
    Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy
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  • 6
    Sans
    1,589
    687

    Sans

    Undertale
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  • 7
    Bonejangles
    670
    330

    Bonejangles

    Corpse Bride
    Corpse Bride
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  • 8
    Papyrus
    1,318
    567

    Papyrus

    Undertale
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  • 9
    Dry Bones
    734
    346

    Dry Bones

    The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World (television series)
    The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World (television series)
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  • 10
    Scraps
    607
    279

    Scraps

    Corpse Bride
    Corpse Bride
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  • 11
    Scorpion
    609
    395

    Scorpion

    Mortal Kombat
    Mortal Kombat
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  • 12
    Brook
    544
    379

    Brook

    One piece
    One Piece
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  • 13
    The Lich
    288
    197
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  • 14
    Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen
    873
    461

    Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

    SpongeBob SquarePants
    SpongeBob SquarePants
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  • 15
    Lewis
    512
    396

    Lewis

    Ghost - Mystery Skulls (Music Video)
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  • 16
    Mr. Skully Pettibone
    258
    204

    Mr. Skully Pettibone

    Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular
    Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular
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  • 17
    Manuel "Manny"Calavera
    315
    230
    Grim Fandango
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  • 18
    Captain Jack Sparrow
    575
    356

    Captain Jack Sparrow

    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Pirates of the Carribean
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  • 19
    Death
    440
    273

    Death

    Family Guy
    Family Guy
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  • 20
    ltward
    334
    245

    ltward

    Fran Bow
    Fran Bow
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  • 21
    Crypt Keeper
    289
    121

    Crypt Keeper

    Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Crypt presents: Demon Knight
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  • 22
    Skulduggery Pleasant
    372
    305

    Skulduggery Pleasant

    Skulduggery Pleasant (Book Series)
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  • 23
    Uncle Hector
    128
    34
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  • 24
    Hector Barbossa
    321
    281

    Hector Barbossa

    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Pirates of the Carribean
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  • 25
    Ainz Ooal Gown
    334
    264
    Overlord
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