U is for Undead
For some reason I hear maniacal laughter each time I type “U is for Undead”.
While zombies and vampires dominate popular culture these days, I am still a fan of the simple skeleton. Perhaps I’ve seen too many Ray Harryhausen films, and perhaps it is cliché, but I love having the bones littering a room suddenly spring to life and attack when some sort of trigger is activated. Usually the trigger is a coffin, or other resting place of the dead, or the shiniest bauble in the room.
In more recent editions and the ability to customize monsters has allowed me to use skeletons of creatures other than humans, anything from gnomes, to orcs, to giants, to dragons can now be a skeleton. Even better, those skeletons can have some of the special abilities they possessed in life. I’m especially fond of blink dog skeletons popping around the battlefield.