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A skeleton warrior

Skeleton warriors are a common fictional monster archetype common in western fantasy literature, television, and video games.


Skeleton warriors consist of animated human skeletons with human weapons and armor such as swords and shields. Because they are already dead, skeleton warriors can be very difficult to defeat. If they get smashed to pieces, often they can simply re-assemble.


  • Perhaps the most famous appearance of skeleton warriors was the stop motion sequence in the classic film Jason and the Argonauts.
  • Skeleton warriors are monsters in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
  • In the Legend of Zelda video game series skeleton warriors are known as Stalfos knights.