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In Japanesefolklore, Gashadokuro, (がしゃどくろ) literally "starving skeleton" (also known as Odokuro), are giant skeletons that are fifteen times taller than an average person. If a Gashadokuro sees a human, it will grab them and attempt to bite its head off with its giant teeth to drink the spray of blood. Gashadokuro are created from gathering bones from people who have died of starvation. The only way a Gashadokuro can be detected before it appears is by hearing a ringing in one's ears. They are said to possess the powers of invisibility and indestructibility; though Shinto charms are said to ward them off.
People who are being targeted by this mammoth-sized skeleton hear extremely loud bells ringing in their ears. Gashadokuro targets people when they are alone. It roams about after midnight.
In AdventureQuest Worlds, the Gashadokuro is featured as the forbidden Beast of Chaos called the O-Dokuro. Kitsune uses the Hanzamune Blade to free it from a time rift.
In Okamiden, there is a demon known as a Gashadokuro which resembles a humongous human skeleton with a fiery core and twin blades embedded in its stomach. There is also an armoured version which is much more powerful.
In the manga/anime series, InuYasha, Miroku and Sango fight a being that can control bones, a bone demon, that could possibly be a Gashadokuro.
In the manga/anime series, Inu x Boku SS, Roromiya Karuta is a Gashadokuro.
In the manga/anime series, Bleach, Zaraki Kenpachi is loosely based on the Gashadokuro.