"All aboard!! Next stop -- your funeral."
—T-Bone, Death screen
T-Bone is ahown to be a giant angry skeleton who takes the role of the train conductor because of his crimson and yellow cap. He seems to be missing the second-to-last teeth of his upper denture.
T-Bone appears to be very protective of the train, as he constantly looks around for any other threats while his hands are down. He also seems more than willing to give Cuphead and Mugman a ride to their funeral if he defeats them.
In this phase, after Blind Specter is defeated, T-Bone will pop his head and his arms up while they are spinning, before slamming his hands down in an attempt to crush the players.
The platform must be navigated to the area beneath his head to avoid damage from the hands. Players can also avoid taking a hit by standing on the edges of the platform.
The Pumpkimps from the first phase make a return in an attempt to forcibly move the platform by dropping ingots onto its edges. Hitpoints = 4/4
Upon his defeat, he will appear screaming as he and his arms slowly fall back into the train. A xylophone diminuendo can be heard during this sequence.
- Due to screen size restrictions, only his arms, hands, head, and neck are visible.
- Whenever he emerges from the train, a xylophone strike can be heard. Xylophones have been commonly used to simulate the sounds of bones rattling against one another, especially in cartoons.
- In one of Jake Clark's tweets, he jokingly replied to artist Mayadile of their art for Blind Specter calling T-Bone Mr. Bone Jangles," claiming that the joke name is now the official name.
Inspirations and similarities
T-Bone was inspired by other skeletons in cartoons such as the 1937 masterpiece The Skeleton Dance and Skeleton Frolic.
- Due to his size when his head and his arms bust out of the cars, he may be based off the gashadokuro.
- In terms of video games, since the Phantom Express is based off of different yokai, T-Bone has similarities to the Yo-Kai from the Yo-Kai Watch franchise such as Gutsy Bones, Goldy Bones, and Glitzy Bones. The aforementioned similarities involved are that all of them are giant skeletons.
- He also heavily references the Skeletron Boss from Terraria as they have both arms and a skull, albeit Skeletron using both his hands and skull to attack and the Conductor using only his hands to attack.
- The Art of Cuphead, Conductor, page 179