Skeletons (骸骨) are bones of the dead animated by an unseen force. They are recurring living dead enemies in Dragon Ball video games such as Dragon Ball: Origins, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, and Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury.
In the original Dragon Ball manga and anime, unliving Skeleton Cowboys are seen near the ruins of Ox-King's village on Fire Mountain, unliving Skeleton Pirates can be seen in the Pirate Cave, and Skeleton Guards (Gaikotsu Eihei) are seen inside Fortuneteller Baba's Palace. Skeletons of people apparently eaten by Buyon are on the fifth floor of the Muscle Tower.
In Dragon Ball Z, Saiyan skeletons are seen on the planet Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu visit when Mr. Popo used the Pendulum Room to send them over a hundred years in the past. On Fake Namek, Bulma finds the second Dragon Ball in the mouth of a skeleton while in an area of ancient ruins with Gohan, Krillin, and Raiti. A few walking skeletons appear in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn.
In Dragon Ball GT, skeletons are shown inside the cauldron where the Black Star Dragon Balls were kept on the Lookout. Later, while Piccolo and Dende attempt to open a gateway from Hell to Earth, ogres bring Goku some soup and a bunch of skulls start dancing out of it, causing Goku to distract Piccolo.
Video game appearances
In Dragon Ball: Origins 1 and Origins 2, Skeleton Cowboys attack by throwing their heads. They can be defeated by a Power Pole Smash, when their skeletons lay dismembered on the ground, or by a strong Kamehameha. Skeletons in Dragon Ball: Origins 2 appear in the Pirate Cave and inside the pyramid near the Sacred Land of Korin; they attack with swords, with machine guns or with shotguns. In Revenge of King Piccolo, Skeletons also appear in the Pirate Cave and inside the temple near the Sacred Land of Korin; those who wear red outfits attack with swords, and those who wear purple outfits attack by throwing bombs and will self destruct once they have been defeated.
Skeleton enemies are present inside Pilaf's Castle, the Kyodai Pyramid, and the Northern Wilderness in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury. Stronger variants called Bones appear inside the Northern Wilderness' Volcano caves. Still even stronger variants called Liches appear in Hell. In Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, the Tinysaurus enemies on Cretaceous hide in Dinosaur Skull.